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Houari Boumediene Airport
Aéroport d'Alger / Houari Boumediene
Airport type Public
Operator EGSA Alger
Serves Algiers, Algeria
Hub for
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)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,500 11,482 Bitumen
09/27 3,500 11,482 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 72×26 240×85 Bitumen
Sources: AIP[1], EGSA Alger[2]
Houari Boumediene Airport is located in Algeria
Houari Boumediene Airport
Location of Houari Boumediene Airport, Algeria

Houari Boumediene Airport (Arabic: مطار هواري بومدين الدولي‎, French: Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumediene[1][2][3]) (IATA: ALGICAO: 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[1] 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 Marseilles, Milan, Naples and Palermo, Sicily.[4] 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[5] Known Allied air force combat units assigned to the airfield were:

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.

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[6].

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

Airlines Destinations Terminal/Hall
Aigle Azur Basel/Mulhouse, Lille, Marseilles, Lyon, Paris-Orly, Toulouse 1-1
Air Algérie Abidjan, Amman, 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, Marseilles, Metz/Nancy, Milan-Malpensa, Montréal-Trudeau, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino, Toulouse, Tripoli, Tunis 1-2
Air Algérie Annaba, Batna, Bechar, Bejaia, Biskra, Constantine, Djanet, El Oued, Ghardaia, Hassi Messaoud, Illizi, In Amenas, In Salah, Jijel, Oran, Ouargla, Setif, Tamanrasset, Tebessa, Timimoun, Tindouf, Tlemcen, Touggourt 2
Air Berlin Cologne/Bonn 1-1
Air France Marseilles, Paris-Charles de Gaulle 1-1
Alitalia Rome-Fiumicino 1-1
Alitalia operated by Air One Milan-Malpensa [ends 27 March] 1-1
Ándalus Líneas Aéreas Madrid 1-1
British Airways London-Heathrow 1-1
EgyptAir Cairo 1-1
Iberia Madrid 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 Airlines Amman 1-1
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah 1-1
Spanair Barcelona 1-1
Syrian Air Damascus 1-1
TAP Portugal operated by Portugália Lisbon [begins 1 June][7] 1-1
Tassili Airlines Constantine, Ghardaia, Oran 2
Tunisair Tunis 1-1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk 1-1


Passenger use, total cargo, and aircraft movements have increased since 2003.[8]

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Total 2,631,807 3,413,417 5,403,453 6,283,340 6,783,340 7,183,340

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.


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.



  1. ^ a b c (French) AIP and Chart for Aéroport d'Alger / Houari Boumediene (DAAG) from Service d'Information Aéronautique - Algerie
  2. ^ a b (French) Aéroport International d'Alger : HOUARI BOUMEDIENE from Établissement de Gestion de Services Aéroportuaires d’Alger (EGSA Alger)
  3. ^ (French) Aéroport d’Alger Houari Boumediene, official website
  4. ^
  5. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
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  8. ^ International

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