Alula Aba Nega Airport

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Alula Aba Nega Airport

ኣሉላ ኣባ ነጋ ዓለም ለኸ መዕረፍ ነፈርቲ
004a Mekelle Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic
OperatorEthiopian Airports Enterprise
ServesMekelle, Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL7,406 ft / 2,257 m
Coordinates13°28′02″N 039°32′00″E / 13.46722°N 39.53333°E / 13.46722; 39.53333Coordinates: 13°28′02″N 039°32′00″E / 13.46722°N 39.53333°E / 13.46722; 39.53333
HAMK is located in Ethiopia
Location in Ethiopia (Tigray region in red)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,604 11,825 Asphalt
Passengers (2009)112,060

Alula Aba Nega Airport (Tigrinya: ኣሉላ ኣባ ነጋ ዓለም ለኸ መዕረፍ ነፈርቲ) (Amharic: አሉላ አባ ነጋ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ) (IATA: MQX, ICAO: HAMK), also known as Mekelle Airport, is an airport serving Mekelle, the capital city of the Tigray Region in northern Ethiopia. The airport is located 10 km (6 miles) southeast of the city.[4]


This airport was built in the late 1990s to replace an older one located 7 km (4 miles) from Mekelle. The airport was named after the famous Tigrayan military leader Ras Alula, also known as Alula Aba Nega[4] (Nega was his favorite horse, following the custom of using "Abba" plus attaching the horse's name to that of a well-known warrior's first name). He is well known (during the Yohannes Period) for his battles against Italy, the Ottoman Turks, Egypt and the Battle of Adwa (during the Minilik Period). When the airport first opened, it had one unpaved runway 3,000 metres (9,843 feet) long, with 21 flights to Addis Ababa, 4 to Shire and 2 to Humera.[5]


The airport has an elevation of 7,406 feet (2,257 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,604 by 43 metres (11,824 ft × 141 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Ethiopian Airlines[6] Addis Ababa, Axum, Humera, Shire


On 22 August 1982, Douglas DC-3 ET-AHP of Ethiopian Airlines was damaged beyond repair in a take-off accident.[7]


  1. ^ a b Airport information for HAMK from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for MQX at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ List of the busiest airports in Africa
  4. ^ a b "Mekele Alula Aba Nega International Airport". Ethiopian Airports Enterprise. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Local History in Ethiopia" (PDF). The Nordic Africa Institute. Retrieved 23 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Domestic route map". Ethiopian Airlines.
  7. ^ "ET-AHP Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 July 2010.

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