Ahmed Ben Bella Airport

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Ahmed Ben Bella Airport
مطار أحمد بن بلة
Aéroport dOran (côté tarmac).jpg
Airport type Public
Operator EGSA Alger
Serves Oran
Location Es Sénia, Algeria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 90 m / 295 ft
Coordinates 35°37′17.7″N 0°37′23.7″W / 35.621583°N 0.623250°W / 35.621583; -0.623250 (Ahmed ben bella -Es Sénia Airport (Ouahran))Coordinates: 35°37′17.7″N 0°37′23.7″W / 35.621583°N 0.623250°W / 35.621583; -0.623250 (Ahmed ben bella -Es Sénia Airport (Ouahran))
Website www.egsaoran.com
ORN is located in Algeria
Location of airport in Algeria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07L/25R 3,060 10,039 Concrete
07R/25L 3,000 9,843 Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 1,085,753
Passenger change 09–10 Decrease1.5%
Aircraft movements 15,323
Movements change 09–10 Increase8.5%
Sources: Algerian AIP,[1] DAFIF,[2][3] Landings.com,[4] ACI's 2010 World Airport Traffic Report.

Ahmed Ben Bella Airport (Arabic: مطار أحمد بن بلة‎), formally Es-Sénia Airport (IATA: ORN, ICAO: DAOO) is an airport located 4.7 nm (8.7 km) south of Oran (near Es Sénia), in Algeria.


During World War II, La Sénia Airport was first used by the French Air Force as a military airfield, first by the Armée de l'Air, and after June 1940, by the Armistice Air Force (French: Armée de l'Air de Vichy) of the Vichy government.

During the Operation Torch landings in 1942, La Sénia was one of the primary objectives of the assault on Oran on 9 November. A paratroop task force was to be directly seize La Sénia, with an armored task force to thrust inland to insure the capture of the field. Just after daylight, eight Albacore dive bombers from H.M.S. Furious and six Hurricane fighter escorts from each of the two auxiliary carriers swung back over La Sénia airfield in broad daylight to be greeted by strong antiaircraft fire and Vichy fighters. The airfield was attacked in response by six 250-pound general-purpose bombs with which it accurately struck and wrecked the empty hangars on the northwestern side of the airdrome, inflicting destruction which was later to be regretted. In the ensuing dogfights, five Dewoitine 520 French fighters were claimed shot down and others damaged. A second attack on La Sénia airfield were delivered a few minutes later by ten Seafires from H.M.S. Furious in low-level strafing runs against grounded planes and antiaircraft batteries. Again Vichy French fighters contested the action. The Vichy fighters, however only defended the airfield vicinity and did not oppose the ground forces landing at Oran Harbor. The planned air assault against the airfield was redirected, and the airfield was captured by Company B, of the 1st Armored Regiment about 1000, after many Vichy Aircraft already flown off, presumably to French Morocco. A few remained dispersed on the ground or in the hangars.[5]

After its capture, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth Air Force as a combat airfield during the North African Campaign. The following units were assigned to the base in 1942 and 1943:[6][7]

Once the combat units moved east to other airfields in Algeria and Tunisia during the late spring of 1943, the airfield came under the control of Air Transport Command, under which it functioned as a stopover en route to Algiers airport or to Port Lyautey Airfield, in French Morocco on the North African CairoDakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel.[7][8]


Andrade Gutierrez, a Brazilian company has won a contract to construct a new runway in Oran Airport, located in the second largest city in Algeria. The construction was estimated to cost EUR 20 million. Oran has a population of around 650,000. Being the second largest city in the country, Oran is an important industrial, educational and cultural centre. The construction work at Oran airport is the second contract won by the company in Algeria.[citation needed] The new 9,843 feet long runway 07R/25L has been operational since 12 February 2009.[9]

Currently, the airport is composed of two terminals, one for domestic flights, and the other for international flights. The international terminal is basically the previous airport, while the domestic terminal is a recent "huge tent" as the Algerians call it.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aigle Azur Basel/Mulhouse, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris–Orly, Toulouse
Air Algérie Adrar, Algiers, Alicante, Annaba, Barcelona, Bechar, Bordeaux, Casablanca, Constantine, Ghardaïa, Hassi Messaoud, In Amenas, Istanbul–Atatürk, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Ouargla, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Timimoun, Tindouf, Toulouse
Seasonal: Brussels, Frankfurt, Metz/Nancy
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle[10]
Air Nostrum Madrid
ASL Airlines France Seasonal: Bordeaux, Perpignan, Toulon
Iberia Madrid
Tassili Airlines Adrar, Algiers, Hassi Messaoud, Setif
Seasonal: Strasbourg
TUIfly Belgium Charleroi
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Vueling Alicante, Barcelona
Seasonal: Valencia[11]


Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 850,198 Increase 2.39% 10,865 Decrease 2.76% 1,374 Decrease11.58%
2006 865,704 Increase 1.82% 10,908 Increase 0.40% 1,961 Increase42.72%
2007 971,134 Increase12.18% 11,166 Increase 2.37% 2,857 Increase45.69%
2008 994,273 Increase 2.38% 11,859 Increase 6.21% 2,122 Decrease25.73%
2009 1,101,797 Increase10.81% 14,129 Increase19.14% 1,336 Decrease37.04%
2010 1,085,753 Decrease 1.46% 15,323 Increase 8.45% 1,189 Decrease11.00%
2014 1 558 614 Increase % 19 222 Increase % {{}}%
2015 1,675,930 Increase 7.09% 20,276 Increase 5.2% 843 {{}}%
2016 1,851,910 Increase 11% 21,929 Increase 8.15% 1,270 Increase50.6%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Reports
(Years 2005,[12] 2006,[13] 2007,[14] 2009[15] and 2010)


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  1. ^ AIP and Chart from Service d'Information Aéronautique – Algerie (in French)
  2. ^ Airport information for DAOO at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for ORN / DAOO at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  4. ^ "DAOO @ aerobaticsweb.org". Landings.com. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  5. ^ Northwest Africa: Seizing the Initiate in the West, Chapter XII: The Seizure of Oran. published by the United States Army Center of Military History.
  6. ^  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.
  7. ^ a b Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  8. ^ File:Atcroutes-1sep1945.jpg
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ http://www.eturbonews.com/72802/air-france-launches-service-oran-algeria
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 October 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  12. ^ Airport Council International's 2005 World Airport Traffic Report
  13. ^ Airport Council International's 2006 World Airport Traffic Report
  14. ^ Airport Council International's 2007 World Airport Traffic Report
  15. ^ Airport Council International Archived 11 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine.'s 2009 World Airport Traffic Report

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