Khost Airport

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Khost Airport

د خوست هوايي ډګر
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner Afghanistan
OperatorAfghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation
Afghan Ministry of Defense
ServesLoya Paktia-Waziristan region
LocationKhost, Afghanistan
Elevation AMSL3,760 ft / 1,146 m
Coordinates33°20′01″N 069°57′09″E / 33.33361°N 69.95250°E / 33.33361; 69.95250 (Khost Airport (Khost))Coordinates: 33°20′01″N 069°57′09″E / 33.33361°N 69.95250°E / 33.33361; 69.95250 (Khost Airport (Khost))
Map
KHT is located in Afghanistan
KHT
KHT
Location of airport in Afghanistan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 8,858 1,859 Asphalt
Sources: Landings.com,[1] motca.gov.af[2]

Khost Airport (Pashto: د خوست هوايي ډګر‎; IATA: KHT, ICAO: OAKS) is located next to the city of Khost in eastern Afghanistan. It has been used historically for military purposes only but in recent years it was developed and expanded to be used also for commercial flights.[3]

The airport will be known as Khost International Airport in the near future.[3] It will serve people of Loya Paktia and the Waziristan region in neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

As of October 2019, Kam Air scheduled its first domestic flight from KABUL>KHOST airport.

Weekly flights take place, with a flight from Kabul > Khost every Thursday. Fares starting from $65, One way.

History[edit]

The airport was expanded by the Soviet Union during the 1980s Soviet–Afghan War.[4] It was further expanded during the U.S.-led war. The United States built a military base there known as Forward Operating Base Chapman.

There had been three major reported accidents, all of them during the 1980s mujahideen fighting and involved Russian-made Antonov An-26 aircraft.[5]

In December 2009, seven CIA employees were killed in a suicide attack at the nearby Forward Operating Base Chapman (FOB Chapman). The bomber, Humam Balawi of Jordan, wore a suicide vest and blew himself up in the base, killing the base commander, CIA agents and civilian contractors.

Work to improve the Khost Airport began in late 2011.[6] Civilian passengers between Khost and Kabul were allowed to use NATO's Sehra Bagh Airport until Khost Airport was completed.[7] The airport will become international in the near future, taking passengers to and from Dubai.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport record for Khost Airport at Landings.com. Retrieved 2013-8-1
  2. ^ Khost (OAKS)
  3. ^ a b c "'Khost airport project work not up to standard'". Pajhwok Afghan News. 28 January 2017. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  4. ^ Warrick, Joby, The Triple Agent, New York: Doubleday, 2011. p. 26
  5. ^ http://aviation-safety.net/database/airport/airport.php?id=KHT Aviation-Safety.net
  6. ^ "Construction work on Khost airport launched". Pajhwok Afghan News. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  7. ^ "Kabul-Khost flights formally begin". Pajhwok Afghan News. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-18.

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