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Houari Boumediene Airport

Houari Boumediene Airport
Airport type Public
Operator EGSA Alger
Serves Algiers, Algeria
Hub for
  • Aigle Azur
  • Air Algérie
  • Tassili Airlines
Elevation AMSL 25 m / 82 ft
Coordinates 36°41′27.65″N 003°12′55.47″E / 36.6910139°N 3.2154083°E / 36.6910139; 3.2154083 (Houari Boumediene Airport)Coordinates: 36°41′27.65″N 003°12′55.47″E / 36.6910139°N 3.2154083°E / 36.6910139; 3.2154083 (Houari Boumediene Airport)
Website www.AeroportAlger.dz
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
09/27 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 72×26 240×85 Bitumen
Sources: AIP, EGSA Alger

Houari Boumediene Airport (Arabic: مطار هواري بومدين الدولي‎, French: Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumediene) (IATA: ALG, ICAO: DAAG), also known as Algiers Airport, is an international airport serving Algiers, the capital of Algeria. It is located 9.1 NM (16.9 km; 10.5 mi) east southeast of the city.

The airport is named for Houari Boumediene (also written as Houari Boumedienne), a former president of Algeria. Under French rule, Dar El Beïda, the area at which the airport is located, was known as Maison Blanche and, in much of the literature about the Algerian War of Independence it is called Maison Blanche Airport.

The Company Management Services and Infrastructure Aéroportuaires (SGSIA), more commonly known as "Airport of Algiers", is a Public Company. It was established on 1 November 2006 to manage and operate the Airport Algiers Houari Boumediene. The SGSIA includes 1200 employees.


During World War II, Maison Blanche Airport was a primary objective of the Allied Operation Torch Eastern Task Force on 8 November 1942 and was sized by a combination of United States Army units, British Commandos and elements of a British Infantry Division. Opposition by Vichy French forces who defended the airport ended that same day, as orders from Admiral Darlan in Algiers were issued to cease all hostilities in North Africa.

Once in Allied hands, the airport was used by the United States Army Air Force Air Transport Command as a major transshipment hub for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel. It functioned as a stopover en-route to Tafarquay Airport, near Oran or to Tunis Airport, Tunisia on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route. It also flew personnel and cargo to Marseille, Milan, Naples and Palermo, Sicily. In addition, Twelfth Air Force used the airport as a command and control facility, headquartering its XII Bomber Command; XXII Tactical Air Command, and the 51st Troop Carrier Wing to direct combat and support missions during the North African Campaign against the German Afrika Korps Known Allied air force combat units assigned to the airfield were:

  • 51st Troop Carrier Wing, 23 November 1942-28 March 1943
  • 63d Fighter Wing, May-August 1943
  • 97th Bombardment Group, 13-22 November 1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 301st Bombardment Group, 5-16 December 1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
  • 319th Bombardment Group, 24 November-12 November 1942, B-26 Marauder
  • 14th Fighter Group, 18-22 November 1942, P-38 Lightning
  • 350th Fighter Group, May-July 1943, P-38 Lightning
  • 3d Reconnaissance Group, 25 December 1942-13 June 1943, (various photo reconnaissance aircraft)

Terminals, airlines and destinations

The International Terminal (Terminal 1) presents a capacity of 6 million passengers per year. It was inaugurated on July 5, 2006 by the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. International traffic is 2.5 million passengers per year. There are 5000 car parking spaces, a taxi stand, a boarding area of 27,000 m², with a 16 gates

The Domestic Terminal (Terminal 2) renovated in 2007, has a capacity of 2.5 million passengers per year. It offers conditions of comfort and security comparable to those of Terminal 1. The domestic traffic is 1.5 million passengers per year. Terminal 2 is equipped with 20 registration desks, a cafeteria, tearoom and prayer room. The terminal also has a pharmacy, perfumery, a hairdresser, watches, luggage shops, games and toys and a tobacco/newspaper shop. There are 900 car parking spaces, a taxi stand, a boarding area of 5,000 m², with a 7 gates, luggage delivery area, and lounges for premium passengers.

The following airlines have scheduled services to Houari Boumediene Airport as of April 2010:

Airlines Destinations Terminal/Hall
Aigle Azur Basel/Mulhouse, Lille, Marseille, Lyon, Paris-Orly, Toulouse 1-1
Air Algérie Abidjan, Amman-Queen Alia, Bamako, Barcelona, Beijing-Capital, Beirut, Berlin-Schönefeld [seasonal], Bordeaux, Brussels, Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Damascus, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul-Atatürk, Jeddah, Lille, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan-Malpensa [ends 30 october], Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Tripoli, Tunis 1-2
Air Algérie Adrar, Annaba, Batna, Bechar, Bejaia, Biskra, Bordj Mokhtar, Constantine, Djanet, Djelfa, El Golea, El Oued, Ghardaia, Hassi Messaoud, Hassi R'Mel, Illizi, In Amenas, In Salah, Jijel, Laghouat, Mascara, Oran, Ouargla, Setif, Tamanrasset, Tebessa, Tiaret, Timimoun, Tindouf, Tlemcen, Touggourt 2
Air Berlin Cologne/Bonn [seasonal] 1-1
Air France Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1-1
Air Méditerranée Montpellier 1-1
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 1-1
British Airways London-Heathrow 1-1
EgyptAir Cairo 1-1
Emirates Dubai [begin 12 December] 1-1
Iberia Madrid 1-1
Jetairfly Brussels-South Charleroi 1-1
Libyan Airlines Tripoli 1-1
Lufthansa Frankfurt 1-1
Qatar Airways Doha 1-1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Oujda [seasonal] 1-1
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia 1-1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah 1-1
Spanair Alicante, Barcelona, Valencia [begin 31 October] 1-1
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva [begin 2011] 1-1
Syrian Air Damascus 1-1
TAP Portugal operated by Portugália Lisbon 1-1
Tassili Airlines Constantine, Ghardaia, Hassi Messaoud, Hassi R'Mel, Oran 2
Tunisair Tunis 1-1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 1-1


Passenger use, total cargo, and aircraft movements have increased since 2003.

Ground Transport


The distance to the center of Algiers is 20 km using the route N5 direct Bab Ezzouar.


The airport has a 7,000 capacity car park.


Buses link the airport to downtown Algiers.


The Algiers Metro (line L1) will connect the airport with the center of Algiers. This connection is planned to be completed by 2010.


  • Air Algérie Cargo
  • Air Express Algeria
  • Air France Cargo
  • Cargolux
  • DHL Aviation
  • FedEx Express
  • Royal Air Maroc Cargo
  • Royal Jordanian Cargo
  • Swissport Algeria Cargo
  • Turkish Airlines Cargo
  • UPS Airlines

Incidents and accidents

  • On 28 August 1992, a bomb at the airport killed 9 people injured 128. Several people were arrested in connection with the bombing, including Hossein Abderrahim, a member of the Islamic FIS political party. He was executed in 1993. In 2002, Abdelghani Ait Haddad, sentenced to death in his absence, took refuge in Britain after residing in France for nine years.
  • On 24 December 1994 Air France Flight 8969 an Airbus A300, bound for Paris, was seized by 4 Islamic terrorists before take off; 3 passengers were killed before departure. In Marseille a special operations team of the French Gendarmerie stormed the aircraft and killed all 4 hijackers, although 25 passengers were injured.


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General Info
Country Algeria
Time UTC+1
Latitude 36.691014
36° 41' 27.65" N
Longitude 3.215408
003° 12' 55.47" E
Elevation 82 feet
25 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° W (05/06)
Alternate Name ALGER
Near City Alger
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
05/23 11483 x 197 feet
3500 x 60 meters
09/27 11483 x 148 feet
3500 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR SDM ALGER - 113.9 9.9 NM 073.4
VOR-DME ALR ALGER 072X 112.5 At Field -

CAUTION Bird haz. WIP.
FUEL (NC-100LL, A1)

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