Transport in Western Sahara
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Transport in Western Sahara is very limited, mostly by sea, road and air.
Western Sahara has no freight or passenger service railways, with the exception of a 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) section of the Mauritania Railway; which (since the closure of the Choum Tunnel), cuts across the extreme south-eastern corner of the territory.
There are only 6,200 kilometres (3,900 mi) of roads, of which 1,350 kilometres (840 mi) are metalled.
A small network of highways provide limited ground travel connections. N1 highway is a major roadway traversing along the Atlantic coastline of the country. There are a few roads in the north and only two roads in the south that branches off of N1.
All other roads are local ones in the various cities and towns.
- Ad Dakhla - small docking facility (Port Marchand Lassarga/Port-Îlot) located in a shelter bay south of the airport
- Cabo Bojador - small port with fishing boats store inland
- Laayoune (El Aaiun) - major deep water port facility; used by vessels carrying phosphate, large fishing vessels, military patrol boats, etc.
There are 6 airfields, 3 with paved runways and 3 unpaved surfaces, and one helipad (military in Cape Bojador). Hassan I Airport is an international airport, but the carriers at the airport connect only to regional destinations (to Morocco or the Canary Islands).
- CIA World Factbook (2010).
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