Jalalabad Airport

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Jalalabad Airport د جلال اباد هوائی ډګر
Nangarhar Airport.jpg
Control tower of the Jalalabad Airport in Nangarhar


JAA is located in Afghanistan
Location of airport in Afghanistan
Airport type Military
Owner Afghanistan
Operator United States Army
United States Air Force
Afghan Air Force
Serves Jalalabad
Location Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province
Elevation AMSL 1,814 ft / 553 m
Coordinates 34°23′58.9″N 70°29′54.7″E / 34.399694°N 70.498528°E / 34.399694; 70.498528 (Jalalabad Airport (Jalalabad))Coordinates: 34°23′58.9″N 70°29′54.7″E / 34.399694°N 70.498528°E / 34.399694; 70.498528 (Jalalabad Airport (Jalalabad))
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 6 480 1 975 Asphalt
Source: Landings.com[1]

Jalalabad Airport (IATA: JAAICAO: OAJL) is located 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Jalalabad city in Afghanistan. This airport is currently being used only for military purposes and sometimes the United Nations' aircraft use this airport. It is occupied and maintained by the United States Armed Forces and civilian contractors. They operate out of Operating Base Fenty, which is adjacent to Jalalabad Airport. The Afghan Air Force (AAF) and members of the International Security Assistance Force also use the airport.

New Jalalabad Airport[edit]

Hamidullah Qaderi, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Afghanistan, announced in April 2009 the construction of a new civilian airport in the Gambiri area northwest of Jalalabad. The new airport will be constructed with financial assistance from the United States.[citation needed]

2010 attack[edit]

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.[2][3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

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

Accidents and incidents[edit]

11 people, including 6 United States soldiers 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.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport record for Jalalabad Airport at Landings.com. Retrieved 1 August 2013
  2. ^ Militants killed in airport battle Archived 3 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Militants killed in fighting at eastern Afghanistan airport[dead link]
  4. ^ 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. 

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