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Jijiga Airport

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Airport type  Public
Elevation AMSL  5,413 ft / 1,650 m
2,500  8,202
Serves  Jijiga, Ethiopia
03/21  2,500
Code  JIJ
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Operator  Ethiopian Airports Enterprise

Wilwal International Airport (IATA: JIJ, ICAO: 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 09°19′56″N 42°54′43″E, which is 12 km (7 miles) east of the city.

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Jijiga's original airfield is located northwest of the city center at 09°21′38″N 42°47′16″E.

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.

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

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).

Airlines and destinations

The following airlines offer scheduled passenger service:

References

Jijiga Airport Wikipedia


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