Rabah Bitat Airport
|Rabah Bitat Airport
El Mellah Airport
|Elevation AMSL||5 m / 16 ft|
Rabah Bitat Airport (IATA: AAE, ICAO: DABB), formerly known as Les Salines Airport, and popularly as El Mellah Airport is an international airport located 9 km south of Annaba, a city in Algeria. It is named after Rabah Bitat, a president of Algeria (1978-1979).
The terminal has an annual capacity of 500,000 passengers.
A project to build a new international terminal has been awarded to the Egyptian company Arab Contractor. The terminal should be completed in 2007, leaving the existing one for hajj flights and peak season charters to Europe.
Airlines and destinations
|Aigle Azur||Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly|
|Air Algérie||Algiers, In Amenas, Istanbul-Atatürk, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Oran, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly|
|Tassili Airlines||Algiers, El Oued, Hassi Messaoud, In Salah, Tamanrasset|
World War II
During World War II the airport was known as Bone Airfield, and was used by the German Luftwaffe. Later captured by the United States Army, the USAAF Twelfth Air Force in the Western Desert Campaign in 1942-1943.
In November 1942 the Allies invaded French Morocco and Algeria (Operation Torch). The British airborne operations in North Africa started on 12 November, when the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment carried out the first battalion sized parachute drop, on Bone airfield between Algiers and Tunis. The remainder of the brigade arrived by sea the next day. Bone Airfield was the base of 111 Squadron RAF, a Spitfire squadron under Squadron Leader Tony Bartley. One notable pilot to fly from Bone on occasion was Wing Commander Adrian Warburton who was an infrequent visitor after crash landing there on the 15th of November 1942.
- AIP and Chart from Service d'Information Aéronautique - Algerie (French)
- Airport information for DABB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF. Retrieved 2007-09-24.
- Airport information for AAE / DABB at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006). Retrieved 2007-11-26.
- "Air Algérie Route Map". Retrieved January 22, 2011.
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- Current weather for DABB at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for AAE / DABB at Aviation Safety Network