Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport
|Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport|
|IATA: ELQ – ICAO: OEGS
|Owner||General Authority of Civil Aviation|
|Operator||General Authority of Civil Aviation|
|Location||Buraidah, Saudi Arabia|
|Elevation AMSL||2,126 ft / 648 m|
Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport (IATA: ELQ, ICAO: OEGS), formerly Qassim Regional Airport and widely known in the air-travel industry as "Gassim" (from Al-Qassim Province in which it lies), is an airport in Buraidah, Saudi Arabia. It was renamed to Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport after a decree given by King Abdullah on 5 July 2012, for the memory of former Crown Prince Nayef.
The airport was established in 1964. It is owned and operated by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA). The airport is 30 km west of Buraidah, capital of the Qassim province. Prince Sultan, former crown prince, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, launched the expansion project of the royal terminal at the airport in 2003. GACA has spent more than SR 300 million on the airport’s expansion projects since 1964.
Airlines and destinations
|AlMasria Universal Airlines||Cairo|
|Saudia||Dammam, Dubai-International (begins 2 January 2015), Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh|
Incidents and accidents
On 28 May 2005, three military helicopters parked in the airport caught fire, also damaging the buildings next to the hangar. There were no human casualties.
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