Taba International Airport

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Taba International Airport
مطار طابا الدولي
Airport type Public
Operator Government
Serves Taba, Egypt
Location Taba
Elevation AMSL 2,415 ft / 736 m
Coordinates 29°35′16″N 34°46′41″E / 29.58778°N 34.77806°E / 29.58778; 34.77806
TCP is located in Sinai
Location of airport in Sinai
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04L/22R 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
4,000 13,123 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1] GCM[2]

Taba International Airport (Arabic: مطار طابا الدولي‎‎) (IATA: TCPICAO: HETB) is an international airport located on the Sinai Plateau,[3] with an elevation of 2470 ft,[4] and serves Taba, Egypt. It has only one gate from which mainly charter flights operate. The Taba VOR-DME (Ident: TBA) is located 0.43 nautical miles off the threshold of runway 22.[5][6]


The airport was constructed by Israel in 1972 during its occupation of Sinai following the Six Day War. Known as the Etzion Air Force Base,[7] it was demilitarized in 1979 with the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. Then Israel's “Golden Eagle”, “Phoenix”, and “Smashing Parrot” squadrons moved out and the land there was restored to Egyptian control.[8]

A condition of that peace treaty allows tourists to visit certain areas in Egypt, near Taba, for up to 14 days, without a visa. So from Israel and Jordan, travelers and tourists cross the border at Taba, in buses to visit resorts.[9] Egyptian taxis can take fares up to the Israel border but no further.[10]

The airport is located 13 kilometers from Taba and 30 kilometers from Taba Heights, near El Nakb, and adjacent with Eilat, Israel. The airport was named El Nakb Airport. A new terminal building and night lighting[11] was added and the airport was then renamed Taba International Airport in November 2000.[3]

The airport receives charter flights.[12] Traffic at the airport declined considerably. In 2014, the airport served 41,142 and in 2015, only 13,488 (a 67.2% decline).[13] In 2016, it was announced that Thales Group would be modernizing Air Traffic Management at Taba International Airport.[14]

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  1. ^ Airport information for HETB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ Airport information for TCP at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ a b "Tours in Egypt- Discover Taba". Always Egypt. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Israel Air Force". Aeroflight. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. 
  5. ^ TBA VOR Archived 19 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ SkyVector Aeronautical Charts Archived 18 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Schubert, Frank N. Building Air Bases in the Negev: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Israel 1979-1982 (PDF). p. 13. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Bases". The Israeli Air Force. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. 
  9. ^ DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt. DK. February 2, 2016. ISBN 9781465453204. 
  10. ^ "Taba International Airport". Airport Authority. Archived from the original on 4 January 2017. 
  11. ^ DGS Heathrow Reference Catalogue Idman AFL (PDF). Safe Gate. p. 24. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 November 2016. 
  12. ^ Smith, Oliver (4 May 2011). "Taba Heights, Egypt: the perfect break" (Travel). Telegraph (UK). Archived from the original on 30 September 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Egypt: air travel's sensitivity to geopolitical events shows in falling international seat numbers". Centre for Aviation. 5 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Thales Modernises Air Traffic Management at Egypt’s Hurghada and Taba International Airports". Thales Group. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 

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