King Hussein International Airport

King Hussein International Airport
King Hussein International Airport
مطار الملك حسين الدولي
Aqaba BW 4.JPG
A Royal Jordanian aircraft at the airport
AQJ is located in Jordan
Location of airport in Jordan
Airport type Public
Operator Royal Wings
Location Aqaba
Hub for Jordan Aviation
Elevation AMSL 173 ft / 53 m
Coordinates 29°36′41.83″N 35°1′5.04″E / 29.6116194°N 35.0180667°E / 29.6116194; 35.0180667
Direction Length Surface
ft m
01/19 9,842 3,000 Asphalt

Aqaba Airport (also known as King Hussein Int´l Airport (IATA: AQJICAO: OJAQ)) (Arabic: مطارالملك الحسين الدولي‎) is an airport located in the vicinity of Industrial City (Aqaba International Industrial Estate - مدينة العقبة الصناعية الدولية), northern suburb of Aqaba in Jordan. The location of Aqaba is unusual, for within a 15 miles (24 km) radius there are three other countries, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel. The airport has a single runway equipped with category 1 instrument landing system (ILS). Thanks to its normally excellent weather conditions, the airport is rarely closed, though strong southerly winds bring sandstorm across the Red Sea from Egypt.

The airport has a single 28,000 sq ft (2,600 m²) terminal building with just one departure gate and one baggage carousel, though the building is being extended. The facilities can cope when there is one aircraft to be handled, but on some occasions when there are three aircraft being turned around simultaneously things can become somewhat crowded. The capacity of the Terminal at present is 1.5 million passengers a year. There is also separate buildings for General Aviation and a Royal Pavilion - King Abdullah II owns a palace along the shoreline and regularly visits. The Royal Jordanian Air Academy are regular visitors on land-away cross country training exercises. Annual passenger figures have risen from around 20,000 per year in the early days to over 90,000 in the year 2000. There are currently around 3,000 aircraft movements a year. A significant proportion of these are training flights, including those of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

The largest operator at Aqaba is Royal Jordanian Airlines. It operates about ten flights a week to Amman, though extras are frequently scheduled, sometimes to coincide with passenger changeover on cruise ships. The airline operate Embraer E175 Regional Jets that undertake the journey in 45 minutes These jets have replaced the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft used by the Royal Wings subsidiary and have a total of 72 seats, 10 of which are business class. The airline also undertakes about six charter flights to Europe, with European charter airlines adding a further dozen. German carriers are particularly well represented.

Aqaba is an airport that can handle the largest jets. Photography is not permitted at the airport. Even though it does have a viewing gallery it is almost impossible to see anything because of sand storms that cling to the windows.


Airport data

International, Heliport, Cargo Only, Aqaba 9 km (5miles), Position 29°36´43"N, 035°01´04"E, Elevation 53 m (173 ft), Operating hours 04:00-20:30 UTC, 2 Passenger Terminals, 1 Cargo terminal, 5 Aircraft Stands

Airfield data

Fire Category 7 Emergency Services: First Aid Navigational Aids: DVOR/DME, 3NDBs Airfield Restrictions: Maintain within the Jordanian Airspace Runway 1: Heading 01/19, 3,000 m (9,842 ft), PCN 54/F/A/W/U, ICAO Cat. 4, Aircraft size max: All types, Lighting: simple approach CAT I


Statistics for Aqaba Airport
Year Total Passengers Cargo Handled (tons) Total operations
1998 92,648 93,349 5,005
1999 126,600 9,224 5,407
2000 155,340 12,541 7,207
2001 75,118 39,548  
2002 47,683 244,726 8,415
2003 97,136 408,471 11,611


Passenger facilities

Annual Capacity 1,000,000, The airport has 4 check-in desks, 2 gates, a cargo building and a cargo apron together with a parallel taxiway. The airport has one baggage claim belt, 200 short term parking spaces, a Post Office, Bank, Cafeterias, VIP Lounge, Duty Free Shop, and Gift Shops, and a clinic. The airport includes also buildings for the Ayla Aviation Academy, the Royal Jordanian Academy, the Aero Wings for Industry’s assembly plant for light planes, the Jordan Private Jets Services (JPJets)’s private jet terminal, and the Al Baddad International Group’s maintenance centre.[2]

New developments

A new cargo terminal (6000 m²) and a new cargo apron (220x600 m) opened in January 2005.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Arkefly Seasonal: Amsterdam
Aviacon Zitotrans Yekaterinburg
BH Air Sofia
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Jetairfly Seasonal: Brussels
Jordan Aviation Alexandria, Amman-Queen Alia, Bahrain, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Neos Milan-Malpensa
Petroleum Air Services Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Royal Wings Airlines Amman-Queen Alia
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Stockholm-Arlanda, Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Brussels
Seasonal: Sharm el-Sheikh
Yes Airways Seasonal: Warsaw

Cargo airlines

Airlines Destinations
Royal Jordanian Cargo Amman


External links

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