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 (2019)
Passenger change 18-19Increase +26.75%
Cargo (tonnes) 200834.43

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.[5][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 of handling 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]

Binter Canarias Gran Canaria[6]
Royal Air MarocAgadir, Casablanca, Laayoune,[7] Paris–Orly[8]
TransaviaSeasonal: Paris–Orly

Traffic statistics[edit]

See source Wikidata query and sources.

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

  1. ^ "Aéroports du Maroc : Trafic Aérien de l'année 2019".
  2. ^ Dakhla airport information from Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA)
  3. ^ Airport information for GMMH from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  4. ^ Airport information for VIL at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  5. ^ The airport was then paved over in the 1960s by Francoist Spain. File:Atcroutes-1sep1945.jpg
  6. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/272539/binter-adds-dakhla-service-from-april-2017/
  7. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/05/21/at-jun-jun15/
  8. ^ https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/01/331845/royal-air-maroc-to-launch-new-route-connecting-dakhla-paris/
  9. ^ Statistics until 2006 from Statistics Movements Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, PDF document
  10. ^ Statistics until 2006 from Overview passengers stats MA Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, PDF document
  11. ^ Statistics until 2006 from freight stats Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, PDF document

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