Rosh Pina Airport

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Rosh Pina Airport
שדה התעופה ראש פינה
مطار روش بينا
Ben Ya'akov Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Israel Airports Authority
Location Rosh Pina, Mahanayim
Coordinates 32°58′51.77″N 35°34′18.87″E / 32.9810472°N 35.5719083°E / 32.9810472; 35.5719083
Rosh Pina Airport is located in Israel
Rosh Pina Airport
Rosh Pina Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 3,190 972 Asphalt
15/33 3,655 1,114 Asphalt

Rosh Pina Airport (Hebrew: שְׂדֵה הַתְּעוּפָה רֹאשׁ פִּינָּה‎, Arabic: مطار روش بينا‎) (IATA: RPNICAO: LLIB), sometimes called Mahanayim Airport due to its proximity to Mahanayim, is an Israeli airport located in Rosh Pinna, near the Safed-Hatzor-Rosh Pina Industrial Park.[1]

The airport is 16km from Safed, 29km from Tiberias and 30km from Kiryat Shmona.

Rosh Pina airport


The airport was built in 1943 during the British Mandate for Palestine. Mahanayim served the British army against Vichy France in Syria. In 1948 the airport was taken over by the IAF. In the 1950s, Arkia Israel Airlines began service to the airport, working from a hut which served as a passenger terminal and air traffic control tower. By 1968, a new terminal building had been constructed and three years later, in 1971, a fire station and control tower were erected. Following increased activity, the passenger terminal was further expanded in 1994. In 2008, the airport was closed temporarily for the testing of an Elbit Systems unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Ayit Aviation and Tourism Tel Aviv-Sde Dov



Since the beginning of the century the airport has seen a decreasing number of passengers (though this trend has stabilized since 2006). The drop off in passenger volume has been attributed to major upgrades undertaken on the road infrastructure to the northern periphery of Israel since the early 2000s, leading to a viable alternative to air service to the region. Most flights are to Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv.

Year Total Domestic Passengers Total Domestic Operations
1999 168,915 21,647
2000 123,595 18,137
2001 127,123 19,593
2002 108,016 17,926
2003 80,277 15,706
2004 54,764 14,995
2005 45,306 13,149
2006 16,110 11,592
2007 16,790 11,017
2008 19,766 9,703
2009 19,050 7,614
2010 23,067 10,275
2011 15,782 9,273
2012 15,224 9,491
Source: Israel Airports Authority


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