Dakhla Airport

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Dakhla Airport
Airport Terminal, Dakhla.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorOffice National Des Aéroports (ONDA) /
Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF)
LocationWestern Sahara
Elevation AMSL36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates23°43′05″N 015°55′55″W / 23.71806°N 15.93194°W / 23.71806; -15.93194
VIL is located in Western Sahara
Location of airport in Western Sahara
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
Statistics (2008, 2016)
Aircraft movements1,574
Passengers (2016)154,451 Increase
Cargo (tonnes)34.43

Dakhla Airport (IATA: VIL, ICAO: GMMH/GSVO) is an airport serving Dakhla (also known as Dajla or ad-Dakhla, formerly Villa Cisneros), a city in Western Sahara, disputed south province of Morocco. (See Political status of Western Sahara.)

The airport is operated by the Moroccan state-owned company ONDA.


During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command as a stopover for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It connected to Dakar Airport in the South and Agadir Airport to the north.[4][citation needed]

Airport and facilities[edit]

The Dakhla airport is used as public airport and by the Royal Moroccan Air Force. The 3 km (1.9 mi) long runway can receive a Boeing 737 or smaller planes. Parking space of 18,900 square metres (203,000 sq ft) or one Boeing 737.

The passenger terminal covers 670 square metres (7,200 sq ft) and is capable to handle up to 55,000 passengers per year. Public facilities available include a medical post and a prayer room.[citation needed]

The airport offers the following radio-navigation aids: VOR and DME.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca, Marrakech [5]
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria[6]
Royal Air MarocAgadir, Casablanca, Laayoune[7]
Transavia FranceSeasonal: Paris-Orly

Traffic statistics[edit]

Item 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Aircraft movements[8] 1,574 1,492 839 674 606 492
Passengers[9] 42,066 36,354 21,253 21,442 11,670 12,149
Cargo (tonnes)[10] 34.43 48.63 59.77 61.06 140.96 107.81


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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