Marshall Islands International Airport
|Marshall Islands International Airport
Amata Kabua International Airport
|Operator||RMI Ports Authority|
|Elevation AMSL||6 ft / 2 m|
Marshall Islands International Airport (IATA: MAJ, ICAO: PKMJ, FAA LID: MAJ), also known as Amata Kabua International Airport, is located in the western part of Rairok on the south side of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The airport was built during World War II (1943) on Anenelibw and Lokojbar islets. It replaced Majuro Airfield, a coral-surfaced airstrip at Delap Island near the eastern end of Majuro Atoll that had been originally constructed by Japanese occupation forces in 1942.
A series of single floor structures (small hangars) makeup the airport terminal. No physical structures existed at the airport prior to the 1970s. The current terminal structure and modern runway/apron were built in 1971. Passengers from flights arriving at the airport use stairs to exit aircraft and walk to the terminal.
Sea walls have been added to prevent the sea from reclaiming the infill used to create the airport.[when?]
Between 2007 and 2009, airport improvement projects replaced the runway surfaces, rebuilt the apron to better handle aircraft and repaved and added markings to the runway. In 2007 the FAA add two new airport Airport crash tender to the existing 3 tender fleet as part of the airport improvement projects.
Airlines and destinations
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|Air Marshall Islands||Ailuk, Airok, Aur, Bikini, Ebon, Elenak, Enejit, Enewetak, Jaluit, Jeh, Kaben, Kili, Kwajalein, Lae, Majkin, Maloelap, Mejit, Mili, Namdrik, Rongelap, Tarawa, Ujae, Utirik, Wotho, Wotje|
|Nauru Airlines||Nauru, Tarawa, Chuuk, Pohnpei|
|United Airlines||Chuuk, Guam, Honolulu, Kosrae, Kwajalein, Pohnpei|
Taxis and shuttle buses provide ground transportation to and from the airport to other areas of the island.
The main and only road on Majuro Island provides access to the airport.
No accidents have been reported at the airport and only two incidents involving aircraft originating from the airport:
- March 11, 2001 - Express One Boeing 727 lands short of the runway at Pohnpei Airport. Aircraft originated from Marshall Island International Airport.
- December 2, 1994 - Trans Island Air Britten-Norman BN-2B-2 Islander crash lands 320 km from Majuro. The aircraft had taken off from Marshall Island International Airport. There were no fatalities
- "Pacific Wrecks - Majuro Airport (New Airport)". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "CONSTRUCTING MAJURO AIRPORT RUNWAY AND TERMINAL.1971 - Reel 2859". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- RMI Port Authority Act 2003
- "About the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority". Republic of the Marshall Islands Ports Authority. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "Pacific International Inc". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- "Welcome to www.nauruairlines.com.au - www.nauruairlines.com.au". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
- Majuro-Amata Kabua International Airport profile, http://aviation-safety.net/database/airport/airport.php?id=MAJ
- Majuro Atoll 737 Landing Video Fantastic video taken from the cockpit of a Boeing 737 on approach to, and landing at, the airport.