Juba International Airport

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Juba International Airport
Juba Airport.jpg
Juba Airport apron
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Civil Aviation Authority of South Sudan
Serves Juba
Location Juba, South Sudan
Elevation AMSL 1,513 ft / 461 m
Coordinates 4°52′19″N 31°36′4″E / 4.87194°N 31.60111°E / 4.87194; 31.60111Coordinates: 4°52′19″N 31°36′4″E / 4.87194°N 31.60111°E / 4.87194; 31.60111
  HSSJ is located in South Sudan
Location of airport in South Sudan
(Central Equatoria state highlighted)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 2,400 7,874 Asphalt

Juba Airport (IATA: JUBICAO: HSSJ) is an airport serving Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. The airport lies to the northeast of the city's central business district, on the western banks of the White Nile. The city and airport are located in South Sudan's Central Equatoria state.

It is one of the two international airports in South Sudan, the other one being Malakal International Airport (IATA: MAKICAO: HSSM). Juba Airport handles international and local airlines, cargo air traffic and chartered commercial flights. It is also used by the South Sudanese military and by the United Nations UNMISS, UN Humanitarian Air Services UNHAS, World Food Program WFP, ICRC and many NGO's for relief flights for the country.


The airport resides at an elevation of 461 metres (1,513 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 13/31 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,400 by 45 metres (7,874 ft × 148 ft).[1]

The runway has two serviceable taxiways C/D. Backtracking is used for all departing aircraft movements.

Airport expansion[edit]

Juba Airport Terminal under construction.

As of May 2011, Juba International Airport was undergoing improvements and expansion. The work on the airport included expansion of the passenger and cargo terminal buildings, resurfacing of the runway and installation of landing lights to facilitate night operations.[3]

As of July 2011, Juba International Airport had a new runway light system commissioned with simple approach lights for Runway 13/31, runway edge lights, taxiway lights for Exit Delta, Apron edge lights, illuminated windsocks, ATC tower rotating beacon as well as PAPI for both approaches.[citation needed]. The Aerodrome Ground Lighting system AGL manufactured by Safegate.

As of July 2014, The government announced a runway extension project to commence in September 2014 lasting 30 months. The project will extend the runway by 700 meters and also resurface the existing 2400 metre runway giving a new 3100 metre runway. The new runway will still be using backtracking access to the new extended 700 portion at Runway 13.Building activities for the new terminal building have been underway since 2009 with an estimated completion in mid 2016.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

UTair operated for United Nations Humanitarian Air Service taxiing at Juba Airport.
Swiftair operated for United Nations Humanitarian Air Service taxiing at Juba Airport.
Airlines Destinations
Badr Airlines
operated by Mid Africa Aviation
EgyptAir Cairo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Entebbe
Fly540 Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
flydubai Dubai–International
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
National Airways Ethiopia Addis Ababa, Entebbe
Nova Airways Khartoum
RwandAir Entebbe, Kigali
Sudan Airways
operated by Yanair
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk1 (begins 29 March 2016)[4]
  • ^1 Turkish Airlines' flights between Istanbul and Juba make a stop in Entebbe. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Juba and Entebbe.


Airlines Destinations
Astral Aviation Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Bujumbura
Safe Air (Kenya) Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 4 November 2015, an An-12BK EY-406 crashed on take-off, 800 metres from the runway. The fully laden Antonov-12 went low over buildings at end of the runway and crashed in a wet area next to the Nile river. There was no fire after the crash. At least 41 people were killed. Three survived the crash, though one later died, leaving a baby girl and a man the only survivors of this crash.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Airport information for HSSJ from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for JUB at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Girokonto eröffnen bei der richtigen Ban - Das Girokonto eröffnen und Geld verdienen". Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Turkish Airlines to Add South Sudan Service from late-March 2016". Airline Route. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.

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