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Simisini Air Base

Kisangani Simisini Air Base (ICAO: FZIA) is a military airport in the city of Kisangani, capital of the Tshopo Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Located in the western portion of Kisangani, 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) north of the Congo River, most of its traffic has moved to Bangoka International Airport. The airport is now a military airfield, though it also serves humanitarian flights and some private operations.

The Bangoka VOR-DME (Ident: KGI) and non-directional beacon (Ident: KIS) are located 9.6 and 12.1 nautical miles (17.8 and 22.4 km) respectively east of the airport, at the Bangoka International Airport.

Kisangani Simisini Air Base
Kisangani Ville Airport
  • IATA: none
  • ICAO: FZIA
Summary
Airport type Military
Serves Kisangani
Elevation AMSL 1,290 ft / 393 m
Coordinates 0°31′02″N
25°09′20″E
Map

Location of the airport in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Sources: GCM Google Maps SkyVector

History

As Kisangani Ville Airport, it was the original airport of the city, then named Stanleyville. In the turbulent times of Congo's independence and the subsequent struggles, it was the city's only airport, and was the scene of severe fighting during the Simba Rebellion and the associated Operation Dragon Rouge in 1964.



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