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Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport



Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport
IATA: MED – ICAO: OEMA
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator General Authority of Civil Aviation
Location Medina
Elevation AMSL 2,151 ft / 656 m
Coordinates 24°33′12″N 039°42′18″E / 24.55333°N 39.705°E / 24.55333; 39.705Coordinates: 24°33′12″N 039°42′18″E / 24.55333°N 39.705°E / 24.55333; 39.705
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
17/35 13,149 4,008 Asphalt
18/36 10,039 3,060 Asphalt

Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport or Prince Mohammad Airport (alternatively "Mohammed") (IATA: MED, ICAO: OEMA) is a regional airport in the western Saudi city of Medina. Opened in 1974, it handles mostly domestic flights, although it has limited scheduled international services to regional destinations such as Cairo, Damascus, and Istanbul. It also handles charter international flights during the Hajj season.

It is the fourth busiest airport in Saudi Arabia, handling 1,592,000 passengers in 2004, including 378,715 Hajj charter passengers. It handles on average 20-25 flights a day, although this number triples during the Hajj season and school holidays.

As with other regional airports in Saudi Arabia, it is modestly equipped, with a simple single-storey terminal and a small parking apron. It has two runways: a main runway and an angled runway for cross-wind operations. There are plans to upgrade the airport to full international specification to handle the expected increase in passenger traffic to 3 million passengers a year.


View of chartered airliners in temporary Saudi colours, on Apron on a busy day of the 2008 Hajj Season. Also seen, a scheduled Saudi E-70 and Iran Air A300 in the foreground and background respectively.
View of chartered airliners in temporary Saudi colours, on Apron on a busy day of the 2008 Hajj Season. Also seen, a scheduled Saudi E-70 and Iran Air A300 in the foreground and background respectively.

View of Apron and International Arrivals Terminal on an early Friday morning during the Hajj Season, November 2008. In sight is a scheduled Turkish Airlines bound for Istanbul, with Haj Chartered Uzbekistan Airways, Sudan Airways, Egypt Air and Saudi Airlines in the back ground. Photo was taken from a Saudi Airlines MD-90 bound for Riyadh.
View of Apron and International Arrivals Terminal on an early Friday morning during the Hajj Season, November 2008. In sight is a scheduled Turkish Airlines bound for Istanbul, with Haj Chartered Uzbekistan Airways, Sudan Airways, Egypt Air and Saudi Airlines in the back ground. Photo was taken from a Saudi Airlines MD-90 bound for Riyadh.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
Egyptair Alexandria, Cairo [temporarily suspended]
Emirates Dubai
Felix Airways Sana'a
Gulf Air Bahrain
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Nas Air Riyadh, Kuwait, Sharjah
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Saudi Arabian Airlines Abha, Amman, Arar, Cairo [temporarily suspended], Damascus, Dammam, Dhaka, Gassim, Gurayat, Hail, Islamabad, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jakarta, Jazan, Jeddah, Jouf, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Qaisumah, Riyadh, Sharjah, Tabuk, Taif, Wedjh
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk

Incidents

On 16 March 2001, the airport was the scene of a bloody end to the hijacking of a Russian based Vnukovo Airlines Tupolev 154 Jet bound from Istanbul to Moscow carrying 162 passengers. The hijackers apparently Chechen Separatists, had landed at the airport and had demanded additional amount of fuel to fly to Afghanistan. After 18 hours of no negotiations, Saudi Security forces stormed the plane bringing an end to the hijack. There were three fatalities including a hijacker, a Turkish passenger and a Russian Air stewardess.



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General Info
Country Saudi Arabia
ICAO ID OEMA
Time UTC+3
Latitude 24.553422
24° 33' 12.32" N
Longitude 39.705061
039° 42' 18.22" E
Elevation 2151 feet
656 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 003° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Alternate Name MADINAH
Near City Madinah
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS


Communications
MADINAH TWR 118.3
390.6
GND 121.9
121.6
ATIS 114.1
MADINAH APP 124.2
278.0


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
17/35 13149 x 147 feet
4008 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 059FAWT YES
18/36 10039 x 147 feet
3060 x 45 meters
ASPHALT 059FAWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME PMA PRINCE MOHAMMAD BIN ABDULAZIZ 088X 114.1 At Field -


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.


Remarks
CAUTION Pilots experiencing windshear are req to rpt time and alt of windshear in their post flt rpt to ATS. Bird haz.
CSTMS/IMG CSTMS avbl PN rqr.
FUEL (NC-A1)
RSTD Ovft of city proh. PPR.
RWY Use of rwy 18/36 subj to apvl. Dur use by widebody acft, parl twy not auth.



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