El Arish International Airport

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El Arish International Airport
مطار العريش الدولي
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves El Arish, Egypt, Gaza, Palestine
Elevation AMSL 121 ft / 37 m
Coordinates 31°04′24″N 033°50′09″E / 31.07333°N 33.83583°E / 31.07333; 33.83583Coordinates: 31°04′24″N 033°50′09″E / 31.07333°N 33.83583°E / 31.07333; 33.83583
AAC is located in Sinai
Location of the airport in Egypt Sinai
Direction Length Surface
m ft
16/34 3,019 9,905 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 5,991
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

El Arish International Airport (Arabic: مطار العريش الدولي‎) (IATA: AAC, ICAO: HEAR) is an airport near El Arish, Egypt. In 2011 the airport served 5,991 passengers (-45.4% vs. 2010).


The airport is home to Palestinian Airlines. In May 2012, the company restarted two-weekly flights to Amman, with flights to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to follow soon [1]. It is one of the closest airports to the Gaza Strip; El Gora Airport is slightly closer but has no scheduled air service. Palestinian Airlines relocated to El Arish International Airport after Yasser Arafat International Airport was rendered non-operational when the runway was destroyed by Israeli forces in 2001. The airport has been mainly used for Palestinian passengers traveling to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj Muslim pilgrimage.

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  1. ^ Airport information for HEAR at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for AAC at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).