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Sir Seretse Khama International Airport
IATA: GBE – ICAO: FBSK
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Government
Serves Gaborone
Location Gaborone, Botswana
Elevation AMSL 3,299 ft / 1,006 m
Coordinates 24°33′19″S 025°55′06″E / 24.55528°S 25.91833°E / -24.55528; 25.91833Coordinates: 24°33′19″S 025°55′06″E / 24.55528°S 25.91833°E / -24.55528; 25.91833
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
08/26 9,843 3,000 Concrete

Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (IATA: GBE, ICAO: FBSK) located 15 kilometres (9 mi) north of Gaborone is the main international airport of the capital city of Botswana. The airport is named for Sir Seretse Khama, the first president of Botswana.

Overview

  • Time: GMT +2.
  • Transfer to the city: Hotel minibuses and taxis (travel time 15 minutes). No scheduled bus service.
  • Car rental: Avis and Imperial.
  • Facilities: One terminal building with Barclays Bank bureau de change, bar and restaurant, left luggage facility and duty-free shop for flights outside the Common Customs Union (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland).

Expansion

The government of Botswana has started a US$61 million expansion plan to further develop the airport to accommodate increased traffic and larger planes. The contractor for this project is SinoHydro Corporation, headquartered in China. The goal of the project is to provide the airport with increased capacity for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in nearby South Africa.

Fatal crash

On October 11, 1999, an Air Botswana captain, Chris Phatswe, boarded a parked ATR-42 aircraft A2-ABB in the early morning and took off. Once in the air, he asked by radio to speak to the president, Air Botswana's general manager, the station commander, central police station and his girlfriend, among others. Because the president was out of the country, he was allowed to speak to the vice president. In spite of all attempts to persuade him to land and discuss his grievances, he stated he was going to crash into some planes on the apron. After a total flying time of about 2 hours, he did two loops and then crashed at 200 knots (370 km/h; 230 mph) into Air Botswana's two other ATR-42s parked on the apron. The captain was killed but there were no other casualties.

Airline sources say the pilot had been grounded on medical reasons, refused reinstatement and regrounded until February 2000. Air Botswana operations were crippled, as the airline temporarily only had one plane left – a BAe 146 which was grounded with technical problems.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Botswana Francistown, Harare, Johannesburg, Kasane, Maun, Lusaka
Kenya Airways Nairobi
South African Airways Johannesburg
South African Express Johannesburg

Photographs



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General Info
Country Botswana
ICAO ID FBSK
Time UTC+2
Latitude -24.555225
24° 33' 18.81" S
Longitude 25.918208
025° 55' 05.55" E
Elevation 3299 feet
1006 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 015° W (05/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Near City Gaborone
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
KHAMA TWR
Opr 0400-2200Z.
118.3
KHAMA GND
Opr 0400-2200Z.
121.9
GABORONE APP
Opr 0400-2200Z.
128.2


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
08/26 9843 x 148 feet
3000 x 45 meters
CONCRETE. 075RBWT NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME GBV GABORONE 084X 113.7 5.3 NM 076.2
NDB GBE GABORONE - 311 4.7 NM 256.3


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)


Remarks
FUEL Avbl 0430-2000Z Mon-Fri; 0600-1630Z Sat-Sun, OT 12 hr PN. A1(Air BP) (NC-100LL)
OPR HOURS Opr 0530-1030Z and 1145-1430Z Mon-Fri.



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