Goma International Airport

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Goma Airport
Goma Airport Shevelev-1.jpg
Mount Nyiragongo at the background
Airport typePublic
LocationGoma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Elevation AMSL5,046 ft / 1,538 m
Coordinates01°40′15.08″S 29°14′18.25″E / 1.6708556°S 29.2384028°E / -1.6708556; 29.2384028
GOM is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Location of Goma International Airport in DRC
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 2,000 6,562 Asphalt
Source: Regie des Voies Aériennes[1]
Operable runway length per national aviation authority

Goma International Airport (IATA: GOM, ICAO: FZNA) is an airport serving Goma, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Congo Airways Kindu, Kinshasa-N'djili,[2] Kisangani
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa[3]

Military use[edit]

Goma International Airport is used by both the Air Force of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and MONUSCO peacekeeping forces.[4]

2002 Nyiragongo eruption[edit]

The runway covered in lava

Initially built with a paved 3 km runway and a large terminal and apron, the airport has not recovered from the 2002 eruption of the volcano Nyiragongo, 14 km to the north. The airport couldn't handle any wide-bodied aircraft except for freight operations run by relief agencies and the United Nations. A stream of fluid lava 200 m by 1000 m wide flowed onto the runway and through the city center as far as the lake shore, covering over the northern 1 km of the runway and isolating the terminal and apron which were only connected by taxiway to the northern end. The lava can easily be seen in satellite photographs,[5] and aircraft can be seen using the 2 km southern section of the runway which is clear of lava. A temporary apron was made at the side of the operational part of the runway. A Douglas DC-8 was left stranded on the terminal apron, which is now used by commercial passengers and the military. In December 2012, a contractor began work on cleaning up and fencing in the airport.[6] In February 2017, satellite imagery showed the runway has not yet been repaired where the lava damage occurred.[7]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Informations sur les 54 Aérports et Aérodromes Gérés par la RVA" [Information about the 54 Airports and Aerodromes operated by the RVA] (PDF) (in French). Regie des Voies Aériennes. 30 September 2009. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ HORAIRE AVEC 1 Q400 DU 06/06 AU 10/07/2016 (Heures locales), http://www.congoairways.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/HORAIRE-1-Q400-2016-V2.0-ok.pdf[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Ethiopian Airlines Delays Goma Launch to August 2015". Airline Route. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  4. ^ Fittarelli, Alberto (June 26, 2017). "The Strange Tale of the Georgians in Congo". bellingcat. Retrieved June 26, 2017. However, a list published in October 2007 by the Dutch aviation magazine Scramble appears to show that on July 19, 2007, two Mi-24V helicopters with registration number 9T-HM11 and, more importantly, 9T-HM12 were registered, again by the FAC (here named “DR Congo Air Force”), as based at an airport with IATA code GOM — a.k.a. Goma International Airport [...] No evidence of affiliation with the MONUSCO operations under UNSC resolution 2098 was located, despite the pilots clearly operating from the same facilities – most notably, Goma International Airport.
  5. ^ Google Earth has high resolution photographs showing the affected part of the airport at coordinates −1.658, 29.237. Retrieved 3 September 2007.
  6. ^ "MONUSCO is building security fence around Goma airport" (Press release). MONUSCO. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  7. ^ HOTOSM Imagery, retrieved 14 March 2017
  8. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Aviation Safety Network.
  9. ^ David Kaminsky-Morrow (19 November 2009). "Congolese MD-82 badly damaged in Goma overrun". Flight Global.
  10. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  11. ^ "Dozens killed in DRC plane crash". News24. 4 March 2013.
  12. ^ "RDC : un avion de la compagnie CAA s'est écrasé à Goma" (in French). Radio Okapi. 4 March 2013.
  13. ^ "Plane crash in the city of Goma, MONUSCO comes to the rescue". MONUSCO. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2016.

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