Tunis–Carthage International Airport

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Tunis–Carthage Airport

Aéroport international de Tunis-Carthage

مطار تونس قرطاج الدولي
Airport typePublic/Military
OperatorTunisian Civil Aviation & Airports Authority
LocationTunis, Tunisia
Hub for
Elevation AMSL22 ft / 7 m
Coordinates36°51′04″N 010°13′38″E / 36.85111°N 10.22722°E / 36.85111; 10.22722Coordinates: 36°51′04″N 010°13′38″E / 36.85111°N 10.22722°E / 36.85111; 10.22722
TUN is located in Tunisia
Location of airport in Tunisia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,200 10,499 Asphalt
11/29 2,840 9,318 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)

Tunis–Carthage Airport (French: Aéroport de Tunis-Carthage, Arabic: مطار تونس قرطاج الدولي‎, IATA: TUN, ICAO: DTTA) is the international airport of Tunis, the capital of Tunisia.[5] It serves as the home base for Tunisair, Tunisair Express, Nouvelair Tunisia, and Tunisavia. The airport is named for the historic city of Carthage, located just east of the airport.


Tunis Airport in 1952.

The history of the airport dates back to 1920 when the first seaplane base in Tunisia was built on the Lake of Tunis for the seaplanes of Compagnie Aéronavale.[6] The Tunis Airfield opened in 1938, serving around 5,800 passengers annually on the Paris-Tunis route.[7]

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Air Force Twelfth Air Force as a headquarters and command control base for the Italian Campaign of 1943. The following known units were assigned:[8]

Once the combat units moved to Italy, Air Transport Command used the airport as a major transshipment hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It functioned as a stopover en route to Algiers airport or to Mellaha Field near Tripoli on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route. Later, as the Allied forces advanced, it also flew personnel and cargo to Naples, Italy.

Construction on the Tunis-Carthage Airport, which was fully funded by France, began in 1944, and in 1948 the airport become the main hub for Tunisair. The airline started operations with Douglas DC-3s flying from Tunis-Carthage Airport to Marseille, Ajaccio, Bastia, Algiers, Rome, Sfax, Djerba, and Tripoli. The passenger traffic grew steadily from 1951 when 56,400 passengers were carried, 33,400 of them by Air France.[7] The airport offered a convenient stop-over point for several other French airlines over the years, including Aigle Azur with a stop in Tunis on the Paris-Brazzaville route, and TAI (Intercontinental Air Transport) with a stop in Tunis on its Paris-Saigon route. Among foreign companies, the TWA is present, whose lines Rome-New York and Rome-Bombay make stop in Tunis, and the LAI (Italian company) which makes the connection Rome-Palermo-Tunis.[7]

In 1997 the airport terminal was expanded to 57,448 m2 (618,365 sq ft); it consists of two floors (departure and arrival) and has a capacity of 4,400,000 passengers per year. In 2005 the terminal was expanded another 5,500 m2 (59,202 sq ft), and now has a capacity of 500,000 more passengers annually. On 23 September 2006 a new terminal opened for charter flights.

Terminal 2 exterior

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Tarmac view
Terminal from the outside


Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Afriqiyah Airways Bayda, Benghazi, Tripoli–Mitiga
Air Algérie Algiers
Seasonal: Annaba[9]
Air Arabia Maroc Casablanca[10]
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Nice (begins 28 June 2021)[11]
Air Malta Malta[12]
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai–International
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg[13]
Iraqi Airways Baghdad[14]
Libyan Airlines Bayda, Tobruk, Tripoli–Mitiga
Libyan Wings Misrata, Tripoli–Mitiga
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Luxembourg[15]
Mauritania Airlines Nouakchott
Nouvelair[16] Algiers, Istanbul, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse
Seasonal: Brussels,[17] Djerba, Jeddah, London–Gatwick (begins 2 July 2021),[18] Medina, Monastir, Strasbourg[17]
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca
Seasonal charter: Medina, Tanger
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
Saudia Jeddah
Transavia Lyon, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Montpellier[19]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Charleroi
Tunisair Abidjan, Algiers, Amsterdam, Bamako, Barcelona, Beirut, Belgrade, Bologna, Bordeaux, Brussels, Cairo, Casablanca, Conakry, Constantine, Dakar–Diass, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, Jeddah, Khartoum,[20] Lisbon, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Medina, Milan–Malpensa, Montréal–Trudeau, Munich, Nantes, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Oran, Ouagadougou, Palermo, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice, Vienna, Zürich
Seasonal: Prague, Verona[21]
Tunisair Express Djerba, Malta, Naples, Sfax, Tozeur
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona


Air France CargoParis–Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines BelgiumLiège, Lyon
Emirates SkyCargoDubai–Al Maktoum
Express Air CargoCasablanca, Cologne, Paris–Charles de Gaulle[22]
Turkish CargoIstanbul–Atatürk

Other facilities[edit]

The head office of the Tunisian Civil Aviation and Airports Authority (OACA) is on the airport property.[23]

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is served by bus lines and taxis, but not by a railway (the L'Aéroport station on the TGM suburban rail line does not actually serve it, being several miles distant).

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


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

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  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ "Welcome to the OACA Archived 25 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine." Tunisian Civil Aviation and Airports Authority. Retrieved on 26 January 2011. "GENERAL DIRECTION and SOCIAL HEAD OFFICE International Airport Tunis-Carthage BP 137 et 147- 1080 TUNIS CEDEX – TELEX 13809 – OACA RC 871."
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External links[edit]

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