Moi International Airport

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Moi International Airport
Moi Airport Mombasa 2010.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic, Civilian
OperatorKenya Airports Authority
ServesMombasa
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
Website[1]
Map
MBA is located in Kenya
MBA
MBA
Location of Moi International Airport in Kenya
Runways
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 the international airport of Mombasa, the second-biggest city in Kenya. It is located in Mombasa County, in a township called Port Reitz and features regional as well as intercontinental flights.

Overview[edit]

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.[2] 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,[3] the airport has two runways: Runway 1 measures 3,350 metres (10,990 ft) in length and Runway 2 measures 1,260 metres (4,130 ft) in length.[4] Runway 1 is also known as Runway 21, while Runway 2 is also known as Runway 03. Runway 1 is equipped with an ILS (Instrument Landing System).

There are two terminals at the airport. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. terminal one is mainly used for international travelling while terminal 2 is used for domestic travelling. Flights like Kenya Airways use Terminal 1 for both domestic and international.

History[edit]

The airport was built during the Second World War by the Engineer Corps of the South African Army. During that 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.

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).

Starting on the 18th of 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 December 4th 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).

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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Apron view
AirlinesDestinations
CondorFrankfurt
Seasonal: Munich
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis Ababa
Fly540Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Zanzibar
Fly-SAXMoroni
JambojetNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Kenya AirwaysNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
LOT Polish AirlinesSeasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Mombasa Air SafariAmboseli, Keekorok, Lamu, Malindi, Masai Mara, Ukunda/Diani Beach
NeosMilan–Malpensa
Seasonal: Verona[5]
Qatar AirwaysDoha (begins 11 December 2018)[6]
RwandAirDubai–International, Kigali
TUI fly BelgiumSeasonal: Brussels
TUI fly Netherlands Seasonal: Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk (ends 31 December 2018),[7] Istanbul–New (begins 1 January 2019)[7]1
Note

1: Turkish Airlines' inbound flights from Istanbul to Mombasa make a stop in Kilimanjaro. However, the airline does not have traffic rights to transport passengers solely between Kilimanjaro and Mombasa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "sadimsolutions.com » Kenyan airports passenger traffic declines by 5% 2013". sadimsolutions.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Distance between Mombasa () (Airport) and Jomo Kenyatta Airport Nairobi (Nairobi Area) (Kenya)". GlobeFeed.com. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Mombasa – Moi International Airport (MBA)". AirGorilla. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Mombasa - Moi Int´l Airport (MBA/HKMO)". Virtual Globetrotting. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  5. ^ Liu, Jim (4 September 2017). "Neos adds Verona - East Africa service from Dec 2017". Routes Online. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280466/qatar-airways-revises-mombasa-launch-to-dec-2019/
  7. ^ a b "Turkish Airlines to fully move to Istanbul New in late 4Q18". ch-aviation.com. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-16.

External links[edit]

Media related to Moi International Airport at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 4°02′24″S 39°35′24″E / 4.040000°S 39.59000°E / -4.040000; 39.59000