Nouakchott International Airport

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Nouakchott International Airport
مطار نواكشوط الدولي
Airport type Public
Owner Najah for Major Works (NMW)[1]
Location Nouakchott, Mauritania
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 18°05′43″N 015°56′58″W / 18.09528°N 15.94944°W / 18.09528; -15.94944Coordinates: 18°05′43″N 015°56′58″W / 18.09528°N 15.94944°W / 18.09528; -15.94944
GQNN is located in Mauritania
Location of airport in Mauritania
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,010 9,876 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[2][3]

Nouakchott International Airport (ICAO: GQNN) (Arabic: مطار نواكشوط الدولي‎) was an airport located in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. It closed in June 2016 upon the opening of Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport, 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of the city. Until late 2010, the airport served as hub of Mauritania Airways. Mauritania Airlines International was based at the airport until the closure.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 12 July 2012, a Harbin Y-12 aircraft belonging to the military crashed while attempting to take off from Nouakchott International Airport, killing all seven people on board. The plane had been chartered by Canadian gold miner Kinross Gold to carry gold from its Tasiast Gold Mine. The cause was not immediately known, but witnesses said the aircraft caught fire before it went down.[4]

On August 26, 2010, A British Boeing 757 was forced to land at the Nouakchott international airport in Mauritania, after one of its engines caught fire. The pilot of the plane, which was carrying 108 passengers, noticed that one of the plane's engines had caught fire and immediately contacted the airport's control tower to allow him to land in the Mauritanian capital Wednesday, Xinhua reported. The plane, coming from Freetown in Sierra Leone, was on its way to London. There were no casualties and the fire was put off by the airport's firefighters.


  1. ^ "Nouakchott, Mauritania's new airport opens to all traffic". ch-aviation. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Airport information for GQNN from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  3. ^ Airport information for NKC at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ "Chartered military aircraft crashes in Mauritania, killing 7". BNO News. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2012.

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