Jijiga Airport

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Wilwal International Airport
IATA: JIJICAO: HAJJ
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Ethiopian Airports Enterprise
Serves Jijiga, Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL 5,413 ft / 1,650 m
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Map
Location in Ethiopia (Somali region in red)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
Source:,[1][2] STV[3]

Wilwal International Airport (IATA: JIJICAO: HAJJ) (also known as Garaad Wiil-Waal Airport) is an airport serving Jijiga, the capital city of the Somali Region in Ethiopia. The airport is located at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found., which is 12 km (7 miles) east of the city.[1]

Jijiga's original airfield is located northwest of the city center at Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found..

History

The first airfield at Jijiga was constructed in 1929. An airplane crash at Jijiga in July 1930 involved the eighth or ninth aircraft introduced to Ethiopia; it was the second airplane disaster in the country. The plane was a Fiat AS-1 with 85 hp engine, a training airplane bought in 1929. The first tests in air pilot training in Ethiopia were passed at the Garaad Wiil-Waal Airport by Mishka Babitcheff and Asfaw Ali on 1 and 4 September 1930.[4]

By the 1990s, the Garaad Wiil-Waal Airport was one of 10 bases of the Ethiopian Air Force.[4]

Facilities

The airport resides at an elevation of 5,413 feet (1,650 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 03/21 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,400 by 45 metres (7,874 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

Airlines Destinations
Ethiopian Airlines[5] Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Gode, Kabri Dar

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Garaad Wiil-waal Airport". Ethiopian Airports Enterprise. Archived from the original on 11 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Airport information for Jijiga, Ethiopia (HAJJ / JIJ) at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. Airport information for Wilwal International Airport at Search (for) Travel website.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Local History in Ethiopia" (PDF). The Nordic Africa Institute. Retrieved 31 May 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Domestic Route Map". Ethiopian Airlines.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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