Jalalabad Airport

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Jalalabad Airport
د جلال اباد هوايي ډګر
Nangarhar Airport.jpg
Control tower of Jalalabad Airport in 2008
Airport typeMilitary
Owner Afghanistan
OperatorAfghan Armed Forces
ServesEastern Afghanistan
LocationJalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Elevation AMSL1,840 ft / 561 m
Coordinates34°24′01″N 70°29′54″E / 34.40028°N 70.49833°E / 34.40028; 70.49833 (Jalalabad Airport (Jalalabad))Coordinates: 34°24′01″N 70°29′54″E / 34.40028°N 70.49833°E / 34.40028; 70.49833 (Jalalabad Airport (Jalalabad))
JAA is located in Afghanistan
Location of airport in Afghanistan
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6,480 1,975 Asphalt
Source: Landings.com,[1] AIP Afghanistan[2]

Jalalabad Airport (Pashto: د جلال اباد هوايي ډګر‎; IATA: JAA, ICAO: OAJL) is located 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Jalalabad city in Afghanistan.[3] It has long been used for military and emergency relief purposes. It is currently maintained by the Afghan Armed Forces.[4] The airport was heavily used in the past by the United States Armed Forces and civilian contractors. They operated out of Forward Operating Base Fenty. Members of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Resolute Support Mission (RSM) also used the airport in the past.[5][6]

New Jalalabad Airport

According to the Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, a new civilian airport will be built in the Kuz Kunar District of Nangarhar Province.[7]

2010 attack

On 30 June 2010, a car bomb was set off and militants stormed the airport. According to Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said the Taliban were responsible and killed 32 Afghan and non-Afghan security forces. According to NATO, there were eight Taliban deaths and one Afghan and one coalition member injured.[8][9]

Airlines and destinations

A U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft sitting at Jalalabad Airport in 2011

Currently, there are no scheduled airlines operating at Jalalabad Airport except military and UN aircraft.[10]

Accidents and incidents

11 people, including 6 United States Airmen and 5 passengers and 3 local nationals, were killed when a C-130 Hercules aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Jalalabad Airport on 2 October 2015.[11]

See also


  1. ^ Airport record for Jalalabad Airport at Landings.com. Retrieved 1 August 2013
  2. ^ "AIP Afghanistan - Important Information". Archived from the original on 17 June 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Jalalabad Airport - SKYbrary Aviation Safety". www.skybrary.aero. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Local army graduates to guard Jalalabad airport, 3 districts". Pajhwok Afghan News. 17 January 2021. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Jalalabad Airport - SKYbrary Aviation Safety". www.skybrary.aero. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  6. ^ "OAJL - Jalalabad Airport | SkyVector". skyvector.com. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Afghan gov't to build civilian airport in eastern Nangarhar province". Xinhua. 12 July 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  8. ^ Militants killed in airport battle Archived 3 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Militants killed in fighting at eastern Afghanistan airport[dead link]
  10. ^ "Jalalabad Airport Profile | CAPA". centreforaviation.com. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  11. ^ Barbara Starr and Theodore Schleifer, CNN (1 October 2015). "11 dead as U.S. aircraft crashes in eastern Afghanistan - CNNPolitics.com". CNN. Retrieved 2 October 2015.

External links

Media related to Jalalabad Airport at Wikimedia Commons