Wajir Airport

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Wajir Airport
Airport typePublic, Civilian
OwnerKenya Airports Authority
LocationWajir County,  Kenya
Elevation AMSL757 ft / 231 m
Coordinates01°43′48″N 40°05′24″E / 1.73000°N 40.09000°E / 1.73000; 40.09000
WJR is located in Kenya
Location of the Airport in Kenya
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 9,170 2,795 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passenger numbers123,000 (2,015/2,016)[1]

Wajir Airport is an international airport in Wajir County, Kenya.[2]


Wajir Airport (IATA: WJR, ICAO: HKWJ) is located in Wajir town. Traditionally inhabited by ethnic Somalis,[3] the area lies near the Jubbada Hoose region of southern Somalia.

By air, Wajir Airport is situated approximately 495 kilometres (308 mi) northeast of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya's largest civilian airport.[4] Situated 231 metres (758 ft) above sea level,[5] the airport has a single asphalt runway measuring 2,795 metres (9,170 ft) in length.[6] The geographical coordinates of this airport are: 1° 43' 48.00"N, 40° 5' 24.00"E (latitude:1.73000; longitude:40.09000).[7]


The Wajir Airport was built by an Israeli construction Company HZ between 1977 and 1978, as a military airbase for the Kenya Air Force.

In November 2006, the Kenyan government decided to suspend direct scheduled flights to and from Somalia owing to security concerns vis-a-vis the then existing Islamic Courts Union. Following pressure by politically influential Somali traders to resume the cargo flights, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) lifted its suspension a few months later in August 2007. It also indicated that all flights should thereafter stop at the Wajir Airport for customs, immigration and security screening before continuing onto their final destination.[2] The Kenyan authorities subsequently outsourced the construction of a new terminal in the airport and assigned KCAA, customs, immigration and security officials to operate in the facility. On 7 September 2007 the Wajir Airport was commissioned to officially accommodate both passenger and military flights.[1]

In 2012, US Navy Seabees built a new tarmac runway that can take heavy aircraft.[8]

Facilities and staff[edit]

The airport has about 100 workers, mainly consisting of police officers. There are two military camps situated within the airport's limits. An army camp is located on the western side of the terminal building, with an air force compound approximately 0.5 kilometres (500 m), south of the perimeter fence. Security personnel guard the airport's only entrance to assure security.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Wajir Airport handles about seven flights per day. As of September 2012, civil flights are offered twice a week by Echo. Most flights, however, are cargo. Some charter and military flights are additionally accommodated. Prior to April 2017, flights from Somalia had to make a stop-over at Wajir Airport. [2] Jambojet is expected to begin regular services to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on 14 February 2018.[9]

Fly-SAX Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Nairobi-Wilson
Jambojet Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Makong, Bruhan (16 November 2016). "Improved Wajir airport to unleash business boom". Daily Nation. Nairobi. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Makong, Bruhan (10 April 2017). "Direct Somali-Nairobi flights hurt Wajir Airport". Daily Nation. Nairobi. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ Africa Watch Committee, Kenya: Taking Liberties, (Yale University Press: 1991), p.269
  4. ^ Globefeed.com (21 January 2018). "Distance between Jomo Kenyatta International, Airport North Road, Nairobi, Kenya and Wajir Airport Runway, Wajir, Kenya". Globefeed.com. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ Skyvector.com (21 January 2018). "Elevation of Wajir International Airport". Skyvector.com. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  6. ^ Airport24.org (21 January 2018). "Length of Wajir Airport Runway". Airport24.org. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  7. ^ Google (21 January 2018). "Location of Wajir International Airport, Wajir County, Kenya" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  8. ^ Goldman, David (1 January 2012). "Navy Seabees to Construct Jet Handling Runway in Wajir Airbase Kenya". Nairobi: Strategic Intelligence News. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  9. ^ Njanja, Annie (20 January 2018). "Jambojet's Wajir flights set to start". Business Daily Africa. Nairobi. Retrieved 21 January 2018.

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Coordinates: 1°43′48″N 40°05′24″E / 1.73000°N 40.09000°E / 1.73000; 40.09000