Wajir Airport

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Wajir Airport
Summary
Airport type Public, Civilian
Owner Kenya Airports Authority
Serves Wajir
Location Wajir County,  Kenya
Elevation AMSL 770 ft / 235 m
Coordinates 01°43′48″N 40°05′24″E / 1.73000°N 40.09000°E / 1.73000; 40.09000
Map
WJR is located in Kenya
WJR
WJR
Location of the Airport in Kenya
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15/33 9,193 2,802 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passenger numbers 82,440

Wajir Airport is an international airport in Wajir County, Kenya.

Location[edit]

Wajir Airport (IATA: WJRICAO: HKWJ) is located in Wajir town. Traditionally inhabited by ethnic Somalis,[1] the area lies near the Jubbada Hoose region of southern Somalia.

By air, Wajir Airport is situated approximately 490 kilometres (300 mi) northeast of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenya's largest civilian airport.[2]

Situated 235 metres (771 ft) above sea level,[3] the airport has a single asphalt runway measuring 2,802 metres (9,193 ft) in length.[4] The geographical coordinates of this airport are: 1° 43' 48.00"N, 40° 5' 24.00"E (latitude:1.73000; longitude:40.09000).

History[edit]

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. 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.[5] On 7 September 2007 the Wajir Airport was commissioned to officially accommodate both passenger and military flights.[6]

In 2012, US Navy Seabees built a new tarmac runway that can take heavy aircraft.[7]

Facilities and staff[edit]

The airport has about 100 workers, mainly consisting of police officers.[6]

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 airforce compound lying around 0.5 km south of the perimeter fence. Security personnel guard the airport's only entrance to assure security.[6]

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. Flights from Somalia must make a stop-over in Wajir Airport. [6]

Airlines Destinations
Fly-SAX Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Nairobi-Wilson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Africa Watch Committee, Kenya: Taking Liberties, (Yale University Press: 1991), p.269
  2. ^ Straight Distance Between Nairobi And Wajir With Map
  3. ^ Elevation of Wajir Airport
  4. ^ Length of Wajir Airport Runway
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b c d History of Wajir Airport
  7. ^ Goldman, David (1 January 2012). "Navy Seabees to Construct Jet Handling Runway in Wajir Airbase Kenya". Nairobi: Strategic Intelligence News. 

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