Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Airport

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Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport
IATA: MEDICAO: OEMA
MED is located in Saudi Arabia
MED
MED
Location of airport in Saudi Arabia
Summary
Airport type Privatized
Operator TIBAH Airports Operation Co. Ltd (TAV)
Serves Medina
Location Medina, Saudi Arabia
Hub for Saudia
Elevation AMSL 2,151 ft / 656 m
Coordinates 24°33′12″N 039°42′18″E / 24.55333°N 39.70500°E / 24.55333; 39.70500Coordinates: 24°33′12″N 039°42′18″E / 24.55333°N 39.70500°E / 24.55333; 39.70500
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 10,800 3,290 Asphalt
18/36 9,980 3,040 Asphalt
Statistics (2004)
Passengers 1,592,000

Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport or Prince Mohammad Airport (alternatively "Mohammed") (IATA: MEDICAO: OEMA) is a regional airport in Medina. Opened in 1974, it handles mostly domestic flights, although it has limited scheduled international services to regional destinations such as Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul and Kuwait. and It also handles charter international flights during the Hajj season. It was named after Muhammad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Only Muslims are allowed to enter the city. This is a strictly enforced law. The Pilgrims for Hajj and Umrah can enter Saudi Arabia through this airport or through Jeddah airport only.

It is the fourth busiest airport in Saudi Arabia, handling 1,592,000 passengers in 2004, including 378,715 Hajj charter passengers. On average, it handles 20–35 flights per day, although this number triples during the Hajj season and school holidays.

As with other regional airports in Saudi Arabia, it is modestly equipped with a simple, single-story terminal and a small parking apron. It has two runways: a main runway and an angled runway for crosswind operations. There are plans to upgrade the airport to full international specification to handle the expected increase in passenger traffic to 3 million passengers per year. Presently, it is operated by TIBAH Airports Operations Co. Ltd, TAV consortium with Al-Rajhi and Saudi Oger (BTO).

View of chartered airliners in temporary Saudi colours, on Apron on a busy day of the 2008 Hajj Season. Also seen is a scheduled Saudi E-170 and Iran Air A300 in the foreground and background respectively.
View of Apron and International Arrivals Terminal on an early Friday morning during the Hajj Season, November 2008. In sight is a scheduled Turkish Airlines bound for Istanbul, with Haj Chartered Uzbekistan Airways, Sudan Airways, EgyptAir, and Saudia in the background. Photo was taken from a Saudia MD-90 bound for Riyadh.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Algerie Hajj: Algiers, Oran
Air Arabia Sharjah
China Southern Airlines Hajj: Urumqi
EgyptAir Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Cairo
Emirates Dubai
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi[1]
flydubai Dubai
Flynas Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Kuwait, Riyadh, Sharjah, Surabaya, Jeddah
Garuda Indonesia Seasonal: Medan
Gulf Air Bahrain
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Malaysia Airlines Hajj: Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Penang
Middle East Airlines Hajj: Beirut
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan[2]
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Seasonal: Agadir, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Oujda, Rabat, Tanger
Royal Falcon Amman-Marka
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Saudia Abha, Abu Dhabi, Alexandria-Borg el Arab, Amman-Queen Alia, Cairo, Dammam, Dhaka, Dubai, Gassim, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat, Kuala Lumpur, Tabuk
Seasonal: Ahwaz, Bushehr, Isfahan, Izmir, Mashhad, Mumbai, Shiraz, Surabaya, Tabriz, Tehran-Mehrabad
Hajj: Agadir, Casablanca, Fez, Frankfurt, Geneva, Khartoum, London-Heathrow, Marrakech, Milan-Malpensa, Oujda, Rabat, Rome-Fiumicino, Tanger
Shaheen Air Multan
Sudan Airways Khartoum
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
UTair Aviation Hajj: Magas

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 16 March 2001, the airport was the scene of a bloody end to the hijacking of a Russian based Vnukovo Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 jet bound from Istanbul to Moscow carrying 162 passengers. The hijackers, apparently Chechen Separatists, had landed at the airport and had demanded additional amount of fuel to fly to Afghanistan. After 18 hours of no negotiations, Saudi Security forces stormed the plane bringing an end to the hijack. There were three fatalities, including a hijacker, a Turkish passenger, and a Russian Air stewardess.[3]

On 5 January 2014, a Saudia Boeing 767-300, flight SV2841 from Mashhad, Iran made an emergency landing after one of its main landing gear failed to deploy. The aircraft was traveling from the Iranian city of Mashhad with 315 passengers on board, 29 people were injured as they exited the aircraft that was in a nose-up position, 11 were taken to hospital, while the rest were treated at the airport's medical center.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ JL (8 November 2013). "ETIHAD to Start Madinah Service from Feb 2014; Airline Route – Worldwide Airline Route Updates". Airlineroute.net. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  2. ^ PK to MED
  3. ^ "Bloody end to Chechen HIjack". BBC News. 16 March 2001. Retrieved 29 January 2009. 
  4. ^ http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/29-injured-as-saudia-jet-makes-emergency-landing-1.1273903.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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