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Houari Boumediene Airport

Houari Boumediene Airport
مطار هواري بومدين الدولي
Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumediene
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ALG is located in Algeria
Location of airport in Algeria
Airport type Public
Operator EGSA Alger
Serves Algiers, Algeria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 25 m / 82 ft
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
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 5,919,685
Passenger change 12–13 Increase9.5%
Aircraft movements 72,676
Movements change 12–13 Increase9.4%
Sources: AIP,[1] EGSA Alger,[2] ACI's 2013 World Airport Traffic Report.

Houari Boumediene Airport (ICAO: DAAG), also known as Algiers Airport or Algiers International 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 after Houari Boumediene, a former president of Algeria. Dar El Beïda, the area at which the airport is located, was known as Maison Blanche (White House), and the airport is called Maison Blanche Airport in much of the literature about the Algerian War of Independence.

The Société de Gestion des Services et Infrastructures Aéroportuaires (SGSIA), more commonly known as "Airport of Algiers", is a Public Company established on 1 November 2006 to manage and operate the airport. The SGSIA has 2,100 employees.


  • History 1
  • Terminals 2
  • Airlines and destinations 3
    • Passenger 3.1
    • Cargo 3.2
  • Statistics 4
  • Ground Transport 5
    • Car 5.1
      • Parking 5.1.1
    • Bus 5.2
    • Subway and Suburban Rail 5.3
  • Incidents and accidents 6
  • Gallery 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The airport was created in 1924 and named Maison Blanche Airport. 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 seized 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 Forces 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.[4] In addition, Twelfth Air Force A3 SECTION under the command of Lt. Col Carter E. Duncan 1943/44, 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:


Airport map

The International Terminal (Terminal 1) presents a capacity of 6 million passengers per year. It was inaugurated on 5 July 2006 by the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. International traffic is 2.5 million passengers per year, and the terminal holds 5000 car parking spaces, a taxi stand, a boarding area of 27,000 m², and 16 passenger 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. Its domestic traffic is 1.5 million passengers per year. Terminal 2 is equipped with 20 registration desks with a cafeteria, tearoom and prayer room. The terminal also has a pharmacy, perfumery, a hairdresser, watch retailers, luggage shops, games and toys as well as a tobacco/newspaper shop. There are 900 car parking spaces, a taxi stand, a boarding area of 5,000 m², with 7 gates, a luggage delivery area, and lounges for premium passengers.[6]

Prior to Terminal 2's opening, Terminal 3 was used for operating domestic flights. In 2007, the terminal's use changed to pilgrimage and charter flights.

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines have scheduled services to Houari Boumediene Airport as of April 2015:

Airlines Destinations Terminal/Hall
Aigle Azur Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris–Orly, Toulouse 1-1
Air Algérie Abidjan, Alicante, Amman–Queen Alia, Bamako, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Bordeaux, Brussels, Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jeddah, Lille, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Medina, Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Montréal–Trudeau, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Toulouse, Tripoli, Tunis, Vienna
Seasonal: Berlin–Schönefeld, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Air Algérie Adrar, Annaba, Batna, Bechar, Bejaia, Biskra, Bordj Mokhtar, Constantine, Djanet, Djelfa, El Bayadh, El Golea, El Oued, Ghardaia, Hassi Messaoud, Hassi R'Mel, Illizi, In Amenas, In Salah, Jijel, Laghouat, Mascara, Oran, Ouargla, Setif, Tamanrasset, Tebessa, Tiaret, Tindouf, Tlemcen, Touggourt 2
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Marseille
Air Malta Malta 1-1
Air Méditerranée Marseille, Paris–Charles de Gaulle 1-1
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa
British Airways London–Gatwick 1-1
EgyptAir Cairo 1-1
Emirates Dubai-International 1-1
Etihad Regional operated by Darwin Airline Seasonal: Geneva 1-1
Iberia Madrid 1-1
Jetairfly Brussels-Charleroi 1-1
Libyan Airlines Tripoli 1-1
Lufthansa Frankfurt 1-1
Qatar Airways Doha 1-1
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca 1-1
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia 1-1
Saudia Jeddah, Medina 1-1
Swiss International Air Lines Geneva 1-1
Syrian Air Damascus[7] 1-1
TAP Portugal
operated by Portugália
Lisbon 1-1
Tassili Airlines Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg [8] 1-2
Tassili Airlines Adrar, Annaba, Batna, Bejaia, Constantine, El Oued, Ghardaia, Hassi Messaoud, Hassi R'Mel, Oran, Setif, Tamanrasset, Tiaret, Tlemcen 2
Transavia France Lyon [9] 1-1
Tunisair Tunis 1-1
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk 1-1
Vueling Alicante, Barcelona
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca
Houari Boumediene Airport is located in Africa
African & Near East Destinations from Algiers
Houari Boumediene Airport is located in North America
All Transatlantic Destinations from Algiers


Airlines Destinations
Air Algérie Cargo Dubai-International, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, London-Heathrow, Marseille, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Tunis
Air Express Algeria
Air France Cargo Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Cargolux Luxembourg
DHL Aviation
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–Al Maktoum
FedEx Express
Royal Air Maroc Cargo Brussels, Casablanca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Royal Jordanian Cargo Amman–Queen Alia, Maastricht/Aachen
Swiftair Madrid
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul-Atatürk, Milan-Malpensa, Zürich


Traffic by calendar year. Official ACI Statistics
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Change from previous year Cargo
(metric tons)
Change from previous year
2005 3,403,453 Increase 2.13% 48,347 Increase 0.01% 22,580 Decrease 5.71%
2006 3,483,340 Increase 2.35% 48,288 Decrease 0.12% 20,626 Decrease 8.65%
2007 3,804,731 Increase 9.23% 49,724 Increase 2.97% 20,926 Increase 1.45%
2008 4,126,795 Increase 8.46% 54,649 Increase 9.90% 22,800 Increase 8.96%
2009 4,474,623 Increase 8.43% 61,554 Increase12.64% 21,931 Decrease 3.81%
2010 4,346,654 Decrease 2.86% 61,066 Decrease 0.79% 19,233 Decrease12.30%
2011 4,720,459 Increase 8.60% 64,191 Increase 5.12% 22,466 Increase16.81%
2012 5,404,971 Increase14.50% 66,423 Increase 3.48% 25,359 Increase12.88%
2013 5,919,685 Increase 9.52% 72,676 Increase 9.41% 30,310 Increase19.52%
Source: Airports Council International. World Airport Traffic Reports
(Years 2005,[10] 2006,[11] 2007,[12] 2009,[13] 2011,[14] 2012,[15] and 2013[15])

Ground Transport


The distance to the center of Algiers is 20 km using the route N5 direct Bab Ezzouar. A1 also connects with N5 to the airport. Taxis service the airport to downtown Algiers.


The airport has a 7,000 capacity with two car parks located north of the terminals.


Buses link the airport to downtown Algiers every 30 minutes during the day.

Subway and Suburban Rail

The Algiers Metro Line L1 extension once completed will connect the airport with the center of Algiers.

Suburban rail does not connect directly with the airport and the closest station is at Bab Ezzouar.

Incidents and accidents

  • On 23 July 1968, three members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked El Al Flight 426, a Boeing 707 with 48 other people on board and diverted it to the airport. They eventually released all 48 hostages unharmed.
  • On 20 January 1981 the 52 United States embassy hostages arrived at the airport after they departed Tehran, Iran.
  • On 26 August 1992, a bomb at the airport killed nine people and 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 the United Kingdom after residing in France for nine years.
  • On 24 December 1994 Air France Flight 8969, an Airbus A300 bound for Paris, was seized by four Islamic terrorists before take off; three passengers were killed before departure. In Marseille, France, a special operations team of the French Gendarmerie stormed the aircraft and killed all four hijackers; 25 passengers were injured.
  • On 24 July 2014, Air Algérie Flight 5017 en route from Ouagadougou Airport, Burkina Faso to Houari Boumediene Airport, Algeria crashed about 50 minutes after take-off. The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 was carrying 112 passenger and 6 crew from 15 nationalities. The aircraft crashed southeast of Gossi, Mali. There were no survivors. It was the third major aircraft accident in a one-week span and the second with no survivors.



 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  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. ^ File:Atcroutes-1sep1945.jpg
  5. ^ Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
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  10. ^ Airport Council International's 2005 World Airport Traffic Report
  11. ^ Airport Council International's 2006 World Airport Traffic Report
  12. ^ Airport Council International's 2007 World Airport Traffic Report
  13. ^ Airport Council International's 2009 World Airport Traffic Report
  14. ^ Airport Council International's 2011 World Airport Traffic Report
  15. ^ a b Airport Council International's 2012 World Airport Traffic Report

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