Tabuk Regional Airport
|Tabuk Regional Airport (Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Airport )|
|Airport type||Public and Military|
|Operator||Saudi Ground Services (SGS)|
|Serves||Tabuk, Saudi Arabia|
|Location||King Abdulaziz Road|
|Elevation AMSL||2,551 ft / 778 m|
Tabuk Regional (Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz ) Airport (IATA: TUU, ICAO: OETB) is an international and public airport in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was a former military airport until its recent renovation to become a public airport, but it still has military defenses against Israel and its neighboring countries. Despite being an international airport, it only serves a few foreign destinations. It has plans to increase the number of international destinations to other neighboring countries. The airport has a single terminal building which uses air bridges for planes to disembark and load passengers. The airport was named after the late minister of Defence and crown prince Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz.
King Faisal Air Base (KFAB) shares the airport site and boundaries but uses a separate runway for operations. KFAB is home to the Royal Saudi Air Force Hawk training aircraft squadrons, as well as 88th Squadron - 'The Saudi Hawks' aerobatic display team. KFAB also operates the F-15 Eagle aircraft at Tabuk.
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The airport has one terminal serving both international and domestic destinations. The airport has two levels, a ground level and an upper level. A royal terminal also exists next to the main airport building where heads of state and other high-ranking VIP visitors are greeted.
On the ground level, before security check and outside of the arrivals area, there are two coffee shops and a small gift shop. The shops open during flight operation hours. There are seven check-in/ticketing desks. After passengers go through check-in/ticketing, they then proceed through security. Following security, then they head to the upper level.
The upper level connects the departing and arriving passengers to the airplane. If an unoccupied air bridge is not available, passengers head to the ground level and onto a bus to take them to the waiting aircraft. The upper level also has a gift shop and a coffee shop, serving coffee and snacks. The upper level is divided into two sections, a domestic flights section and an international flights section, which are divided by the immigration officers desk.
Upon disembarkation, the passengers proceed downstairs, through immigration if they are on an international flight, to the baggage carousel, where they collect their baggage. The exit of the airport is also on the ground floor.
Next to the airport a new mosque was built to accommodate for passengers and airport staff. The mosque is located to the right of the airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Flynas||Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh|
|AlMasria Universal Airlines||Cairo|
|Nesma Airlines||Cairo, Ha'il|
|Qatar Airways||Doha (begins 19 June 2017)|
|Saudia||Abha, Dammam, Jeddah, Jizan, Medina, Riyadh|
Accidents and incidents
- On 11 July 1972, Douglas C-47B HZ-AAK of Saudia was damaged beyond economic repair in an accident at Tabuk Airport.
- "Threats to Israel" www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org
- "Qatar Airways Fact sheet new destination" (PDF).
- "HZ-AAK Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
- Airport information for OETB at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.