Moi International Airport

Coordinates: 4°02′24″S 39°35′24″E / 4.040000°S 39.59000°E / -4.040000; 39.59000
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Moi International Airport
Airport typePublic, Civilian
OperatorKenya Airports Authority
LocationMombasa, Kenya
Elevation AMSL200 ft / 61 m
Coordinates04°02′24″S 39°35′24″E / 4.04000°S 39.59000°E / -4.04000; 39.59000
MBA is located in Kenya
Location of Moi International Airport in Kenya
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 10,990 3,350 Asphalt
15/33 4,473 1,363 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passenger numbers1,313,168[1]

Moi International Airport (IATA: MBA, ICAO: HKMO) is an international airport in Mombasa, the second-largest city in Kenya. In 2020, the airport was heralded as the "Best Airport in Africa" (with under 2 million passengers annually) by Airports Council International.[2]


Moi International Airport serves the city of Mombasa and surrounding communities. It lies approximately 425 kilometres (264 mi), by air, southeast of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in the country.[3] Mombasa Airport is operated by Kenya Airports Authority. It was named after former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi during his tenure.

At 61 metres (200 ft) above sea level,[4] the airport has two runways: Runway 1 (3/21) measures 3,350 metres (10,990 ft) in length and is equipped with an ILS instrument landing system. Runway 2 (15/33) measures 1,260 metres (4,130 ft) in length.[5] Both runways are bitumen paved.

There are two terminals at the airport. Terminal 1 is primarily used for international flights, while Terminal 2 is used for domestic flights. Some airlines such as Kenya Airways use Terminal 1 for both domestic and international.

In September 2018, it was confirmed that Qatar Airways would be introducing four weekly flights to Mombasa operating with the A320. The first flight commenced on 11 December 2018, with a flight time from Doha of just over 6 hours.[6]


The airport was built during the Second World War by the Engineer Corps of the South African Army. During the war, it was used by the Fleet Air Arm as a land base of the British Eastern Fleet which was based at nearby Kilindini Harbour from 1942, by the Royal Air Force (AHQ East Africa and No. 246 Wing RAF) which operated anti-submarine Catalina flying boats off the East Africa coast and by the South African Air Force which was engaged in the war against Italy in Abyssinia. It was originally known as Port Reitz Airport.[citation needed]

Mombasa Airport was expanded to an international airport in 1979. Aircraft Maintenance facilities for private and light- to medium-size commercial aircraft are provided from government and private hangars by Benair Aircraft Engineering, licensed by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) as an approved maintenance organisation (AMO).[citation needed]

Benair Engineering constructed its first private aircraft maintenance hangar in 1997 as a temporary structure and it is still standing today. The hangar is located adjacent to the government hangar built to maintain Catalina aircraft during WW2 as part of the British East Africa war effort. Benair has been the principal aircraft maintenance facility since its inception at the Kenya coast and the name is based on the Chief engineer Geoffrey Benaglia. Principal customers include Dorenair, Dodsons International, Bluesky Aviation, Precision Air (Tanzania) and Mombasa Air Safari.

Starting on 18 August 1992, Moi International Airport was used as the headquarters for the US Central Command's regional command and control headquarters for Operation Provide Relief until 4 December of that same year when it was subordinated and merged with Operation Restore Hope. The initial deployment of personnel from US Central Command included tactical communications specialists from the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE).[citation needed]

From July to September 1994, Moi International Airport was used almost continuously as a refueling station during the Operation Support Hope humanitarian mission into Rwanda. Empty C-141 and C-5 freighter jets returning to Europe flew to Mombasa due to the scarcity of fuel in the African interior. The airlift through Mombasa ceased by October due to runway expansion work.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Apron view
Departure gate area

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Mombasa Moi Airport:

CondorSeasonal: Frankfurt1
Discover AirlinesFrankfurt
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis Ababa
flydubaiDubai–International (begins 17 January 2024)[8]
JambojetNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Kenya AirwaysDubai–International,[9] Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Mombasa Air SafariAmboseli, Keekorok, Lamu, Malindi, Masai Mara, Ukunda/Diani Beach
Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Rwandair Kigali
Safarilink Nairobi–Wilson, Zanzibar
Smartwings Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin (begins 31 October 2023)[10]
Uganda Airlines Entebbe

1: Condor' Frankfurt to Mombasa flights make a stop in Zanzibar. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Zanzibar and Mombasa.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

In 2002, a group of terrorists fired two Strela missiles at an Israeli aircraft as they took off from Moi International Airport. Neither missile hit the aircraft.[11][12]


Annual passenger traffic at MBA airport. See Wikidata query.


  1. ^ " » Kenyan airports passenger traffic declines by 5% 2013". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ "2020 - Best Airport by Size and Region - ACI World". Archived from the original on 1 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Distance between Mombasa () (Airport) and Jomo Kenyatta Airport Nairobi (Nairobi Area) (Kenya)". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Mombasa – Moi International Airport (MBA)". AirGorilla. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Mombasa - Moi Int´l Airport (MBA/HKMO)". Virtual Globetrotting. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Qatar Airways Launches Second Destination in Kenya with New Flights to Mombasa".
  7. ^ "Expeditionary Air Operations in Africa Challenges and Solutions" (PDF).
  8. ^ "flydubai Schedules Jan 2024 Mombasa Launch". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 1 September 2023.
  9. ^ "Kenya Airways Moves Mombasa – Dubai Launch to mid-Dec 2022". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  10. ^ "Smartwings Poland Adds Warsaw - Mombasa Service in NW23". AeroRoutes. 20 June 2023. Retrieved 21 June 2023.
  11. ^ "Israel evacuates tourists from Kenya". 29 November 2002.
  12. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 757-3E7 4X-BAW Mombasa-Moi International Airport (MBA)". Retrieved 9 June 2023.

External links[edit]

Media related to Moi International Airport at Wikimedia Commons

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