Kirkuk Air Base

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Kirkuk Airport
Summary
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorIraqi Air Force
ServesKirkuk
LocationIraq
Elevation AMSL1,061 ft / 323 m
Coordinates35°28′10″N 44°20′56″E / 35.46944°N 44.34889°E / 35.46944; 44.34889Coordinates: 35°28′10″N 44°20′56″E / 35.46944°N 44.34889°E / 35.46944; 44.34889
Map
KIK is located in Iraq
KIK
KIK
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
13/31 9,809 2,990 Concrete
14/32 8,535 2,601 Concrete
2,624 800 Asphalt
1,066 325 Graded Earth
Source: DAFIF[1]
An Iraqi Air Force Cessna 172 lands at Kirkuk Air Base.

The Al Hurriya Air Base (IATA: KIK, ICAO: ORKK) is a military airbase located near Kirkuk, Iraq.

Since 2003 it as used by the U.S. Air Force as a military airport. It was returned to the Iraqi Army in November 2011. In 2012, the Iraqi Transportation Ministry decided to move the military section to another location, a prerequisite for turning the air base into a civilian airport.[2]

Kirkuk Airport is planned to open for domestic and international flights in late 2019.

History[edit]

Kirkuk Regional Air Base was home to the 506th Air Expeditionary Group. The group maintained base security, conducted safe flying operations and actively supported base agencies in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and other U.S. Air Forces Central and U.S. Central Command contingency plans.

Approximately 1,000 active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen were assigned to the 506th AEG during any given Air Expeditionary Force rotation. Additionally, approximately 5,000 soldiers are assigned to the installation, commonly known as Forward Operating Base Warrior. As of July 2011, the majority of these soldiers were assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, U.S. 1st Infantry Division, and the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division.

The 506th AEG was the most forward deployed Air Force Group in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The heritage of the 506th AEG is tied to the famous 506th Fighter Group of World War II.

Among the base agencies the 506th AEG actively supports is the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team[3] (PRT).

Hurriah Airbase was bombed in Operation Sultan 10 during Iran–Iraq War.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport reopened to civilian aircraft in 2018.

Currently only Iraqi Airways operates flights from Baghdad.[4]

Location[edit]

Kirkuk RAB lies in northeastern region of Iraq in the outskirts of the city of Kirkuk, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Iraq. Kirkuk is approximately 180 mi (290 km) north of Baghdad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for ORKK at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ "Military section of Kirkuk airport to be moved". 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team
  4. ^ Kurdistan24. "Kirkuk International Airport to reopen next week: Governor". Kurdistan24. Retrieved 2019-07-11.

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