Aden International Airport

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Aden International Airport
مطار عدن الدولي
Airport type Military/Public
Owner/Operator Government of Yemen
Serves Aden
Location Aden, Yemen
Hub for Yemenia
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 12°49′46″N 045°01′44″E / 12.82944°N 45.02889°E / 12.82944; 45.02889Coordinates: 12°49′46″N 045°01′44″E / 12.82944°N 45.02889°E / 12.82944; 45.02889
ADE is located in Yemen
Location within Yemen
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 10,171 3,100 Asphalt
Source: World Aero Data[1]

Aden International Airport is an international airport in Aden, Yemen (IATA: ADEICAO: OYAA).

The airport was established on the former RAF Khormaksar, which opened in 1917 and closed as an RAF station in 1967. It later served as a Soviet Air Force station during the 1970s and 1980s. It is the second largest airport in Yemen after Sana'a International Airport.

The new terminal was built between 1983–1985 with a capacity of one million passengers a year. In 2000 the constructions at the new control tower and airport department building were completed.

The airport is also a Yemeni Air Force base. The base is home to the 128 Squadron Detachment. Aircraft attached to the squadron are mainly transport and attack helicopters (Ka27/28, Mi-8, Mi-14, Mi-17, Mi-24, Mi-171Sh).

Airlines and destinations[edit]

All flights are currently suspended.[2]

Airlines Destinations
African Express Airways Berbera, Bosaso, Galkayo, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Wajir
Felix Airways Abha, Dammam, Jeddah, Riyan Mukalla, Sana'a, Seiyun, Sharjah, Socotra
Flydubai Djibouti, Dubai-International[3]
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Yemenia Abu Dhabi, Amman-Queen Alia, Cairo, Doha, Dubai-International, Jeddah, Mumbai, Riyadh, Sana'a

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 22, 1972, hijacked Lufthansa Flight 649, a Boeing 747-200, was diverted to the airport. Once a ransom of 5 million US dollars had been paid, all 187 hostages were released on the following day.[4]
  • On March 19, 1972, EgyptAir Flight 763 crashed while on approach to Aden International. All 30 passengers and crew on board were killed.
  • On October 16, 1977, the hijacked Lufthansa Flight 181 performed a fuelstop on its way to Mogadishu which was not allowed by the airport crew of Aden.
  • On March 1, 1977, Douglas C-47A 7O-ABF of Alyemda crashed into the Red Sea shortly after take-off. The aircraft was on a scheduled passenger flight. All 19 people on board were killed.[5]
  • On April 1, 1992, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 637 was hijacked and landed at Aden International. The hijacker, an Ethiopian seeking asylum, released the passengers.[6]
  • On March 19, 2015, more than 100 people were evacuated from a Yemenia aircraft on the tarmac that had been scheduled to fly to Cairo after a battle over the airport broke out between rival elements of the Yemen Army, forcing a temporary closure.[7] A Boeing 747 used as a presidential aircraft was also damaged by gunfire during the fighting.[8]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ Airport information for OYAA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ "Yémen : fermeture de l'aéroport d'Aden pour des raisons de sécurité (source aéropotuaire)" (in French). L'Orient Le Jour. 25 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "On This Day—23 February1972: Hijackers surrender and free Lufthansa crew". BBC. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "7O-ABF Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Clashes in southern Yemeni city force closure of airport". Deccan Chronicle. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Hendawi, Hamza (19 March 2015). "Aden, Yemen airport attack triggers intense gunbattle, airstrikes". The Star. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Aden International Airport at Wikimedia Commons