Tunis–Carthage International Airport

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Tunis–Carthage Airport
Aéroport international de Tunis-Carthage
مطار تونس قرطاج الدولي
AeroportTunisCarthage.jpg
IATA: TUNICAO: DTTA
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Tunisian Civil Aviation & Airports Authority
Location Tunis, Tunisia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 22 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 36°51′04″N 010°13′38″E / 36.85111°N 10.22722°E / 36.85111; 10.22722Coordinates: 36°51′04″N 010°13′38″E / 36.85111°N 10.22722°E / 36.85111; 10.22722
Website www.tunis-airport.com
Map
TUN is located in Tunisia
TUN
TUN
Location of airport in Tunisia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,200 10,499 Asphalt
11/29 2,840 9,318 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 3,994,705

Tunis–Carthage Airport (French: Aéroport de Tunis-Carthage, Arabic: مطار تونس قرطاج الدولي‎, IATA: TUNICAO: DTTA) is the international airport serving Tunis in Tunisia.[4]

The airport is named for the historic city of Carthage, located just east of the airport. It is the base of operations for four airlines: Tunisair, Nouvelair Tunisia, TunisAir Express and Tunisavia.

All ground handling is provided by Tunisair Handling, a 100% subsidiary of Tunisair, and security services are provided by the police and Customs.

The airport is served by bus lines and taxis, but not by a railway (the L'Aéroport station on the TGM suburban rail line does not actually serve it, being several miles distant).

History[edit]

Tunis Airport in 1952.

The history of the airport dates back to 1920 when the first seaplane base in Tunisia was built on the Lake of Tunis for the seaplanes of Compagnie Aéronavale.[5] The Tunis Airfield opened in 1938, serving around 5,800 passengers annually on the Paris-Tunis route.[6] Construction on the Tunis-Carthage Airport, which was fully funded by France, began in 1944, and in 1948 the airport become the main hub for Tunisair. The airline started operations with Douglas DC-3s flying from Tunis-Carthage Airport to Marseille, Ajaccio, Bastia, Algiers, Rome, Sfax, Djerba, and Tripoli. Several other French airlines presently serve the airport, including Aigle Azur with a stop in Tunis on the Paris-Brazzaville route, and TAI (Intercontinental Air Transport) with a stop in Tunis on its Paris-Saigon route. The passenger traffic has grown steadily since 1951 when 56,400 passengers were carried, 33,400 of them by Air France.[6] In 1997 the airport terminal was expanded to 57,448 m2 (618,365 sq ft); it consists of two floors (departure and arrival) and has a capacity of 4,400,000 passengers per year. In 2005 the terminal was expanded another 5,500 m2 (59,202 sq ft), and now has a capacity of 500,000 more passengers annually. On 23 September 2006 a new terminal opened for charter flights.

World War II[edit]

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Air Force Twelfth Air Force as a headquarters and command control base for the Italian Campaign of 1943. The following known units were assigned:[7]

Once the combat units moved to Italy, Air Transport Command used the airport as a major transshipment hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It functioned as a stopover en route to Algiers airport or to Mellaha Field near Tripoli on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route. Later, as the Allied forces advanced, it also flew personnel and cargo to Naples, Italy.

Other facilities[edit]

The Tunisian Civil Aviation and Airports Authority (OACA) has its head office on the airport property.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Tunisair Airbus A300 at Tunis–Carthage Airport.
Tunisair Boeing 737 taxiing at Tunis-Carthage Airport.
Tunisair Airbus A320 pushback from stand at Tunis-Carthage Airport.

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service at Tunis–Carthage International Airport:

Airlines Destinations
Afriqiyah Airways Benghazi, Misrata, Sebha, Tripoli[9]
Air Algérie Algiers, Oran[10]
Air France Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Alitalia Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino[11]
EgyptAir Cairo[12]
Emirates Dubai-International[13]
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn
Seasonal: Stuttgart (begins 25 July 2015)
Libyan Airlines Beida, Benghazi, Misrata, Sebha, Tobruk, Tripoli[14]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich[15]
Nouvelair Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Qatar Airways Doha[16]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca[17]
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia[18]
Saudia Jeddah, Medina[19]
Syphax Airlines Benghazi, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tripoli[20]
Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau[21]
Transavia.com France Lyon, Paris-Orly[22]
Tunisair Abidjan, Algiers, Amsterdam, Bamako, Barcelona, Beida, Beirut, Belgrade, Benghazi, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Dubai-International, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Kuwait, Lisbon, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan-Malpensa, Misurata, Munich, Nantes, Nice, Nouakchott, Oran, Ouagadougou, Palermo, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino, Sebha, Strasbourg, Tobruk, Toulouse, Tripoli, Venice-Marco Polo, Vienna, Zürich[23]
Seasonal: Berlin-Schönefeld, Hamburg
TunisAir Express Djerba, Gabès, Gafsa, Malta, Monastir, Naples, Sfax, Tozeur[24]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk[25]

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 7 May 2002, EgyptAir Flight 843, a Boeing 737 from Cairo crashed 4 miles from Tunis–Carthage International Airport. Of the 62 people on board, 14 were killed.

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for DTTA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for TUN at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ List of the busiest airports in Africa
  4. ^ Tunis–Carthage International Airport at Office de l'Aviation Civile et des Aeroports (OACA)
  5. ^ Philippe Bonnichon; Pierre Gény; Jean Nemo (2012). Présences françaises outre-mer, XVIe-XXIe siècles. KARTHALA Editions. p. 453. ISBN 978-2-8111-0737-6. 
  6. ^ a b Encyclopedie Mensuelle d'Outre-mer staff (1954). Tunisia 54. Negro Universities Press. p. 166. 
  7. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  8. ^ "Welcome to the OACA." Tunisian Civil Aviation and Airports Authority. Retrieved on 26 January 2011. "GENERAL DIRECTION and SOCIAL HEAD OFFICE International Airport Tunis-Carthage BP 137 et 147- 1080 TUNIS CEDEX – TELEX 13809 – OACA RC 871."
  9. ^ "Afriqiyah Airways (8U) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  10. ^ "Air Algerie (AH) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  11. ^ "Alitalia (AZ) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  12. ^ "EgyptAir (MS) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  13. ^ "Emirates (EK) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  14. ^ "Libyan Airlines (LN) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  15. ^ "Lufthansa (LH) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  16. ^ "Qatar Airways (QR) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  17. ^ "Royal Air Maroc (AT) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  18. ^ "Royal Jordanian (RJ) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  19. ^ "Saudi Airlines (SV) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  20. ^ "Syphax Airlines (FS) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  21. ^ Syphax Airlines service goes seasonal
  22. ^ "Transavia France (TO) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  23. ^ "Tunisair (TU) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  24. ^ "Tunisair Express (UG) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013
  25. ^ "Turkish Airlines (TK) flights from Tunis (TUN)", Flightmapper.net, accessed 20 August 2013

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