Arba Minch Airport

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Arba Minch Airport
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Ethiopian Airports Enterprise
Serves Arba Minch, Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL 1,187 m / 3,894 ft
Coordinates 06°02′23″N 037°35′25″E / 6.03972°N 37.59028°E / 6.03972; 37.59028Coordinates: 06°02′23″N 037°35′25″E / 6.03972°N 37.59028°E / 6.03972; 37.59028
HAAM is located in Ethiopia
Location of airport in Ethiopia (SNNPR in red)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,800 9,186 Asphalt concrete

Arba Minch Airport[1][2] (IATA: AMHICAO: HAAM) is an airport serving Arba Minch, a city in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) in Ethiopia. The name of the city and airport may also be transliterated as Arba Mintch.[3] The airport is located 5 km (3 miles) northeast of the city centre,[1] near Lake Abaya.


The airport sits at an elevation of 1,187 metres (3,894 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 03/21 with an asphalt concrete surface measuring 2,800 by 45 metres (9,186 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Ethiopian Airlines[4] Addis Ababa, Goba

Military use[edit]

In October 2011 it was confirmed that the U.S. Seventeenth Air Force was operating General Atomics MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles from the airport for reconnaissance over Somalia.[5] Master Sergeant James Fisher, spokesman for the 17th Air Force, said that an unspecified number of Air Force personnel are working at the Ethiopian airfield “to provide operation and technical support for our security assistance programs.” He also said that the drone flights “will continue as long as the government of Ethiopia welcomes our cooperation on these varied security programs.”[5][6] The United States military has spent millions of dollars upgrading the airbase to handle the Reapers, and is being used to surveil al-Shabab, but will not conduct airstrikes from the base.[7] However, according to OSGEOINT, mapped imagery of the MQ-9A ranges may also suggest mission support to other countries outside of Somalia.[8]

Air Force (magazine) notes in its 2012/13 annual survey of units that the 409th Air Expeditionary Group operates ISR aircraft from unspecified locations in the United States Air Forces Africa area of responsibility.[9] In early April 2012, the second drone crash in four months was reported at the Reaper detachment in Mahe, Seychelles.[10]

The enclave at the base closed down during January 2016.[11][12]


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