Houari Boumediene Airport

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Houari Boumediene Airport
مطار هواري بومدين الدولي
Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumediene
Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumediene (logo).png
On final approach to RWY09 at Algiers Airport.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator EGSA Alger
Serves Algiers, Algeria
Hub for
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Elevation AMSL 25 m / 82 ft
Coordinates 36°41′27.65″N 003°12′55.47″E / 36.6910139°N 3.2154083°E / 36.6910139; 3.2154083 (Houari Boumediene Airport)Coordinates: 36°41′27.65″N 003°12′55.47″E / 36.6910139°N 3.2154083°E / 36.6910139; 3.2154083 (Houari Boumediene Airport)
Website http://www.elmatar.com
ALG is located in Algeria
Location of airport in Algeria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
09/27 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 72×26 240×85 Bitumen
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 7,500,000
Passenger change 15-16 Increase10%
Aircraft movements ?
Movements change 15-16 Increase?
Sources: AIP,[1] EGSA Alger,[2] ACI's 2013 World Airport Traffic Report.

Houari Boumediene Airport (Arabic: مطار هواري بومدين الدولي‎, French: Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumediene[1][2][3]) (IATA: ALGICAO: DAAG), also known as Algiers Airport or Algiers International Airport, is an international airport serving Algiers, the capital of Algeria. It is located 9.1 NM (16.9 km; 10.5 mi) east southeast[1] of the city.

The airport is named after Houari Boumediene, a former president of Algeria. Dar El Beïda, the area at which the airport is located, was known as Maison Blanche (White House), and the airport is called Maison Blanche Airport in much of the literature about the Algerian War of Independence. The Société de Gestion des Services et Infrastructures Aéroportuaires (SGSIA), more commonly known as "Airport of Algiers", is a Public Company established on 1 November 2006 to manage and operate the airport. The SGSIA has 2,100 employees.


The airport was created in 1924 and named Maison Blanche Airport. During World War II, Maison Blanche Airport was a primary objective of the Allied Operation Torch Eastern Task Force on 8 November 1942 and was seized by a combination of United States Army units, British Commandos and elements of a British Infantry Division. Opposition by Vichy French forces who defended the airport ended that same day, as orders from Admiral Darlan in Algiers were issued to cease all hostilities in North Africa.

Hawker Hurricane Aircraft of No. 43 Squadron RAF under the Command of Squadron Leader Michael Rook landed at Maison Blanche shortly after 11.00 Hrs on the 8th of November, and began offensive patrols the next day. 43 Sqn remained at Maison Blanche until the 13th of March 1943, when the unit was deployed to Jemmapes, Constantine[4]

Once in Allied hands, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command as a major transshipment hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It functioned as a stopover en route to Tafarquay Airport, near Oran or to Tunis Airport, Tunisia on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route. It also flew personnel and cargo to Marseille, Milan, Naples and Palermo, Sicily.[5] In addition, Twelfth Air Force A3 SECTION under the command of Lt. Col Carter E. Duncan 1943/44, used the airport as a command and control facility, headquartering its XII Bomber Command; XXII Tactical Air Command, and the 51st Troop Carrier Wing to direct combat and support missions during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps[6] Known Allied air force combat units assigned to the airfield were:


Airport map

The International Terminal (Terminal 1) presents a capacity of 6 million passengers per year. It was inaugurated on 5 July 2006 by the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. International traffic is 2.5 million passengers per year, and the terminal holds 5000 car parking spaces, a taxi stand, a boarding area of 27,000 m², and 16 passenger gates.

The Domestic Terminal (Terminal 2), renovated in 2007, has a capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year. It offers conditions of comfort and security comparable to those of Terminal 1. Its domestic traffic is 1.5 million passengers per year. Terminal 2 is equipped with 20 check-in desks with a cafeteria, tearoom and prayer room. The terminal also has a pharmacy, perfumery, a hairdresser, watch retailers, luggage shops, games and toys as well as a tobacco/newspaper shop. There are 900 car parking spaces, a taxi stand, a boarding area of 5,000 m², with 7 gates, a luggage delivery area, and lounges for premium passengers.[7]

Prior to Terminal 2's opening, Terminal 3 was used for operating domestic flights. In 2007, the terminal's use changed to pilgrimage and charter flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aigle Azur Basel/Mulhouse, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Toulouse
Seasonal: Bordeaux[8]
Air Algérie Abidjan, Adrar, Alicante, Amman–Queen Alia, Annaba, Bamako, Barcelona, Batna, Bechar, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Bejaia, Biskra, Bordeaux, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Casablanca, Chlef, Constantine, Dakar, Djanet, Dubai–International, El Golea, El Oued, Frankfurt, Geneva, Ghardaia, Hassi Messaoud, Illizi, In Amenas, In Salah, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jeddah, Jijel, Laghouat, Lille, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Montpellier, Montréal–Trudeau, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Oran, Ouagadougou, Ouargla, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Setif, Tamanrasset, Tebessa, Timimoun, Tindouf, Tlemcen, Touggourt, Toulouse, Tunis, Vienna
Seasonal: Porto, Valencia (begins 17 June 2018)
Air Canada Rouge Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Montpellier
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
ASL Airlines France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Atlas Atlantique Air Châlons-Vatry
British Airways London–Gatwick
EgyptAir Cairo
Seasonal: Sharm El Sheikh
Emirates Dubai–International
Flynas Jeddah, Medina
Iberia Madrid
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Nouvelair Tunis
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
Saudia Jeddah, Medina
Syrian Air Damascus[9]
Tassili Airlines Adrar, Annaba, Béchar, Biskra, Constantine, Djanet, El Oued, Ghardaia, Hassi Messaoud, Hassi R'Mel, Illizi, In Salah, Marseille, Nantes, Oran, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Setif,[10] Strasbourg, Tamanrasset, Tindouf, Tlemcen
Seasonal: El Bayadh, Tiaret
Transavia France Seasonal: Lyon, Nantes
TUI fly Belgium Charleroi
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Seasonal: Antalya[11]
Vueling Alicante, Barcelona, Marseille, Valencia


Airlines Destinations
Air Algérie Cargo Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Tunis
Air France Cargo Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Cargolux Luxembourg
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
Royal Air Maroc Cargo Brussels, Casablanca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Royal Jordanian Cargo Amman-Queen Alia, Maastricht/Aachen
Swiftair Madrid
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Milan-Malpensa, Zürich


Houari Boumediene Airport is located in Africa
African & Near East Destinations from Algiers
Houari Boumediene Airport is located in North America
All Transatlantic Destinations from Algiers
Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 3,403,453 Increase 2.13% 48,347 Increase 0.01% 22,580 Decrease 5.71%
2006 3,483,340 Increase 2.35% 48,288 Decrease 0.12% 20,626 Decrease 8.65%
2007 3,804,731 Increase 9.23% 49,724 Increase 2.97% 20,926 Increase 1.45%
2008 4,126,795 Increase 8.46% 54,649 Increase 9.90% 22,800 Increase 8.96%
2009 4,474,623 Increase 8.43% 61,554 Increase12.64% 21,931 Decrease 3.81%
2010 4,346,654 Decrease 2.86% 61,066 Decrease 0.79% 19,233 Decrease12.30%
2011 4,720,459 Increase 8.60% 64,191 Increase 5.12% 22,466 Increase16.81%
2012 5,404,971 Increase14.50% 66,423 Increase 3.48% 25,359 Increase12.88%
2013 5,919,685 Increase 9.52% 72,676 Increase 9.41% 30,310 Increase19.52%
2014 6 457 795 Increase 9.16% Increase Increase
2015 6 900 000 Increase 9.35% Increase Increase
2016 7 500 000 Increase 10% Increase Increase

Ground transport[edit]


The distance to the center of Algiers is 20 km using the route N5 direct Bab Ezzouar. A1 also connects with N5 to the airport. Taxis service the airport to downtown Algiers.


The airport has a 7,000 capacity with two car parks located north of the terminals.


Buses link the airport to downtown Algiers every 30 minutes during the day.


The Algiers Metro Line L1 extension will connect the airport with the centre of Algiers.

Suburban rail[edit]

Suburban rail does not connect directly with the airport, but the closest station is at Dar El Baida.

Accidents and incidents[edit]



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

  1. ^ a b c (in French) AIP and Chart for Aéroport d'Alger / Houari Boumediene (DAAG) from Service d'Information Aéronautique – Algerie
  2. ^ a b (in French) Aéroport International d'Alger : HOUARI BOUMEDIENE from Établissement de Gestion de Services Aéroportuaires d'Alger (EGSA Alger)
  3. ^ (in French) Aéroport d’Alger Houari Boumediene, official website
  4. ^ Saunders,Andy (2003). No 43 'Fighting Cocks' Squadron. Osprey Publishing ISBN 1-84176-439-6.
  5. ^ File:Atcroutes-1sep1945.jpg
  6. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  7. ^ "El MOUDJAHID.COM : Quotidien national d'information". www.elmoudjahid.com. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  8. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Aigle Azur Adds New Seasonal Routes to Algeria in S16". Routesonline. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Track Flight RB354 / SYR354 - Flight Data - Plane Finder". Plane Finder Data. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  10. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Tassili adds Algiers – Setif service from Nov 2016". Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Turkish Airlines schedules Antalya - Algiers seasonal route in S17". Routesonline. 7 February 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Algiers Houari Boumediene Airport at Wikimedia Commons