Alula Aba Nega Airport

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Alula Aba Nega Airport
አሉላ አባ ነጋ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ
004a Mekelle Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Ethiopian Airports Enterprise
Serves Mekelle, Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL 7,406 ft / 2,257 m
Coordinates 13°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 (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). When it 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 resides at 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]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service to the Alula Aba Nega Airport:

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. 
  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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