Jijiga Airport

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Wilwal International Airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Ethiopian Airports Enterprise
Serves Jijiga, Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL 5,413 ft / 1,650 m
Coordinates 09°19′51″N 042°54′40″E / 9.33083°N 42.91111°E / 9.33083; 42.91111Coordinates: 09°19′51″N 042°54′40″E / 9.33083°N 42.91111°E / 9.33083; 42.91111
Map
HAJJ is located in Ethiopia
HAJJ
HAJJ
Location in Ethiopia (Somali region in red)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Source:,[1][2] STV[3]

Wilwal International Airport (IATA: JIJICAO: HAJJ) (also known as Garaad Wiil-Waal Airport) is an airport serving Jijiga, the capital city of the Somali Region in Ethiopia. The airport is located at 09°19′56″N 42°54′43″E / 9.33222°N 42.91194°E / 9.33222; 42.91194 (Garaad Wiil-waal Airport (new)), which is 12 km (7 miles) east of the city.[1]

Jijiga's original airfield is located northwest of the city center at 09°21′38″N 42°47′16″E / 9.36056°N 42.78778°E / 9.36056; 42.78778 (Garaad Wiil-waal Airport (old)).

History[edit]

The first airfield at Jijiga was constructed in 1929. An airplane crash at Jijiga in July 1930 involved the eighth or ninth aircraft introduced to Ethiopia; it was the second airplane disaster in the country. The plane was a Fiat AS-1 with 85 hp engine, a training airplane bought in 1929. The first tests in air pilot training in Ethiopia were passed at the Garaad Wiil-Waal Airport by Mishka Babitcheff and Asfaw Ali on 1 and 4 September 1930.[4]

By the 1990s, the Garaad Wiil-Waal Airport was one of 10 bases of the Ethiopian Air Force.[4]

Facilities[edit]

The airport resides at an elevation of 5,413 feet (1,650 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 03/21 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,400 by 45 metres (7,874 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Ethiopian Airlines[5] Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Gode, Kabri Dar

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Garaad Wiil-waal Airport". Ethiopian Airports Enterprise. Archived from the original on 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Airport information for Jijiga, Ethiopia (HAJJ / JIJ) at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Airport information for Wilwal International Airport at Search (for) Travel website.
  4. ^ a b "Local History in Ethiopia" (PDF). The Nordic Africa Institute. Retrieved 31 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Domestic Route Map". Ethiopian Airlines. 

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