|Airport type Public|
Elevation AMSL 7,406 ft / 2,257 m
Phone +251 91 401 4951
|Serves Mek'ele, Ethiopia|
Address Mek'ele, Ethiopia
Elevation 2,257 m
|Operator Ethiopian Airports Enterprise|
Similar Mekelle University, Ethiopian Institute of Technolo, Atse Yohannes High Sch, ICT, Mekelle City Administr
Alula Aba Nega Airport (Amharic: አሉላ አባ ነጋ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ?) (IATA: MQX, ICAO: HAMK), also known as Mek'ele Airport, is an airport serving Mek'ele, the capital city of the Tigray Region in northern Ethiopia. The name of the city and airport may also be transliterated as Mekele or Makale. The airport is located 10 km (6 miles) southeast of the city.
This airport was built in the late 1990s to replace an older one located 7 km (4 miles) from Mek'ele. The airport was named after the famous Tigrayan military leader Ras Alula, also known as Alula Aba Nega (Nega was his favorite horse, following the custom of using "Abba" plus attaching the horse's name to that of a well-known warrior's first name). When it first opened, it had one unpaved runway 3,000 metres (9,843 feet) long, with 21 flights to Addis Ababa, 4 to Shire and 2 to Humera.
The airport resides at an elevation of 7,406 feet (2,257 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,604 by 43 metres (11,824 ft × 141 ft).
Airlines and destinations
The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service to the Alula Aba Nega Airport:
On 22 August 1982, Douglas DC-3 ET-AHP of Ethiopian Airlines was damaged beyond repair in a take-off accident.