Massawa International Airport

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Massawa International Airport
Antonov An-12BP AN1639638.jpg
A retired Antonov An-12BP near the Massawa airport's bus terminal.
Airport typeMilitary/Public
LocationMassawa, Eritrea
Elevation AMSL206 ft / 63 m
Coordinates15°41′0″N 39°22′5″E / 15.68333°N 39.36806°E / 15.68333; 39.36806Coordinates: 15°41′0″N 39°22′5″E / 15.68333°N 39.36806°E / 15.68333; 39.36806
MSW is located in Eritrea
Location of airport in Eritrea
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 11,483 3,500 Asphalt

Massawa International Airport (IATA: MSW, ICAO: HHMS) is an airport in Massawa, a major city in the Northern Red Sea region of Eritrea. It is considered to be the successor of the Otumlo Airport, also in Massawa, which was destroyed in 1941.


The Massawa International Airport is a large establishment. It is one of Eritrea's major airports.[1]

In the colonial period in Italian Eritrea, a 1,970 km railway line was established between Massawa-Djibouti-Berbera-Galadi-Mogadishu.[2]

As of 2014, the airport only accommodates domestic flights since the companies that formed it do not have international licenses.[1]

The Eritrea Investment Centre has proposed a new $60 million development project at the airport. Additionally, it has offered incentives on taxation, provision of supplies that the market does not already provide, provision of heavy machinery, and easy access to government loans.[1]


There are no active airlines operating from Massawa.

Eritrean Air Force still uses the airport as one of their three air bases.


  1. ^ a b c "Massawa International Airport". COMESA. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  2. ^ Flavio Riccitelli (A.I.D.A.). "ALA LITTORIA S.A. (1934–1941)". Il Postalista. Retrieved 7 October 2013.