Juba International Airport

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Juba International Airport
Juba Airport.jpg
Juba Airport apron
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorCivil Aviation Authority of South Sudan
LocationJuba, South Sudan
Elevation AMSL1,511 ft / 461 m
Coordinates4°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 the airport in South Sudan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 3,100 10,171 Asphalt

Juba Airport (IATA: JUB, ICAO: HSSJ) is an airport serving Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. The airport is located 5 km (3 mi) 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 Jubek State.

It is one of the two international airports in South Sudan, the other being Malakal Airport. 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 NGOs for relief flights for the country.


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 runway 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.

In 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 and was halted when civil war broke out in 2014. Since then the half built terminal has been left abandoned.

In 2016, Juba International Airport was ranked the second worst airport in the world in a survey conducted by The Guide to Sleeping in Airports. It was the worst airport in 2017.[4] During this time the terminal consisted of two adjacent tents to facilitate customs and immigration, arrivals and departures. A new, smaller terminal was built on the site of the original terminal by the Chinese. This opened towards the end of 2018.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 19 December 2013, a Nova Airways Boeing 737-500 registration ST-NVG suffered nose-gear collapse resulting in major damage when landing at Juba. This was the same day that many people were being evacuated from Juba because of the South Sudanese Civil War. The Nova Airways aircraft blocked the runway for several hours, delaying the evacuation.[5]

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.


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 3,100 by 45 metres (10,171 ft × 148 ft).[1]

The runway has five serviceable taxiways; Alpha, Bravo, Delta, Echo and Foxtrot (Foxtrot is used by the military exclusively). Backtracking is used frequently for larger airliners to access the full length of the runway.[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.


Badr Airlines Khartoum
EgyptAir Cairo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Entebbe
Fly540 Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
flydubai Dubai–International
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Nova Airways Khartoum
RwandAir Entebbe, Kigali
Sudan Airways Khartoum


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

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. ^ "Worst Airports for Overall Experience 2017". www.sleepinginairports.net. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  5. ^ "ST-NVG Nova Airways Boeing 737-500".

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