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Dakhla Airport
IATA: VIL – ICAO: GMMH
Summary
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Office National Des Aéroports (ONDA) /
Forces Royales Air (FRA)
Serves Dakhla
Location Western Sahara
Elevation AMSL 36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 23°43′05″N 015°55′55″W / 23.71806°N 15.93194°W / 23.71806; -15.93194
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,000 9,842 Asphalt
Statistics (2008)
Aircraft movements 1,574
Passengers 42,066
Cargo (tonnes) 34.43
Sources: ONDA, DAFIF

Dakhla Airport (IATA: VIL, ICAO: GMMH) is an airport serving Dakhla (also known as ad-Dakhla, formerly Villa Cisneros), a city in Western Sahara.

The airport is operated as a Moroccan airport, with public facilities managed by the Moroccan state-owned company ONDA.

The status of Western Sahara is disputed, see: Legal status of Western Sahara.

History

During World War II, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Air Transport Command as a stopover for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It connected to Dakar Airport in the South and Agadir Airport to the north.

Airport and facilities

The Dakhla airport is used as public airport and by the Royal Moroccan Air Force. The 3 km (1.9 mi) long runway can receive a Boeing 737 or smaller planes. Parking space of 18,900 square metres (203,000 sq ft) or one Boeing 737.

The passenger terminal covers 670 square metres (7,200 sq ft) and is capable to handle up to 55,000 passengers per year. Public facilities available include a medical post and a prayer room.

The airport offers the following radio-navigation aids: VOR and DME.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Royal Air Maroc Agadir, Casablanca
topFly.com Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Traffic statistics

Item 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003
Aircraft movements 1,574 1,492 839 674 606 492
Passengers 42,066 36,354 21,253 21,442 11,670 12,149
Cargo (tonnes) 34.43 48.63 59.77 61.06 140.96 107.81


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General Info
Country Western Sahara
ICAO ID GMMH
Time UTC 0
Latitude 23.718294
23° 43' 05.86" N
Longitude -15.931994
015° 55' 55.18" W
Elevation 36 feet
11 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 006° W (01/06)
Operating Agency MILITARY - CIVIL JOINT USE AIRPORT
Alternate Name VILLA CISNEROS
Operating Hours SUNRISE TO SUNSET (SR-SS)
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
TWR
Opr SR-SS, O/T PPR.
118.1


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
03/21 9842 x 148 feet
3000 x 45 meters
ASPHALT - NO


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME DKH DAKHLA 105X 115.8 1.4 NM 197.4
NDB DKA DAKHLA - 221 At Field -


Remarks
CAUTION Bird haz.
FUEL (NC-A1)
OPR HOURS Opr SR-SS.
RSTD 180 turn on rwy proh for acft over 44,000 lb.



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