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Houari Boumediene Airport

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Houari Boumediene International Airport (Arabic: مطار هواري بومدين الدولي, romanizedMaṭār Hawwārī Būmadyan al-DuwaliyyFrenchAéroport d’Alger – Houari-Boumédiène) (IATAALGICAODAAG), also known as Algiers Airport or Algiers International Airport, is the main 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 after Houari Boumediene (1932–1978), 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.


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.

Hawker Hurricane Aircraft of No. 43 Squadron RAF under the Command of Squadron Leader Michael Rook landed at Maison Blanche shortly after 11.00 Hrs on 8 November, and began offensive patrols the next day. 43 Sqn remained at Maison Blanche until 13 March 1943, when the unit was deployed to Jemmapes, Constantine

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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 AirportTunisia on the North African CairoDakar transport route. It also flew personnel and cargo to Marseille, Milan, Naples and Palermo, Sicily. 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 Known Allied air force combat units assigned to the airfield were:


Terminal 1

The domestic terminal (Terminal 1) presents a capacity of 6 million passengers per year. It was inaugurated on 5 July 2006 by the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The terminal holds 5000 car parking spaces, a taxi stand, a boarding area of 27,000 m2, and 14 passenger gates. The hall 2 terminal 1 will be dedicated to domestic flights whereas the hall 1 will be dedicated to the middle east, and gulf airlines.

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Terminal 2

The charter 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 check-in 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.

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 but since 2019 all of the charters and pilgrimage flights have been moved to terminal 2 and the former Terminal 3 will be demolished in order to build a new terminal.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 opened on April 29, 2019. Its operations began in three different stages. The first was granted to flights bound for Paris by Air Algérie. A week later, all flights to France operated by Air Algérie were transferred to the terminal. The following week, all other international flights operated by Air Algérie were transferred to the new terminal. As of May 15, the other foreign airlines would also begin operations in this terminal. Terminal 4 has 120 check-in points, 84 check-in counters, 9 conveyor belts and 21 telescopic gateways. With a surface area of 73 hectares which currently accommodates an additional 10 million passengers per year and is also capable of accommodating Airbus A380 type aircraft.

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Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Algiers Airport:

Air AlgérieAbidjanAdrarAmman–Queen AliaAnnabaBamakoBarcelonaBatnaBécharBeijing–CapitalBeirutBéjaïaBiskraBordeauxBou Saada,[9] BrusselsBudapestCairoChlefConstantineDakar–DiassDjanetDoha,[10] Dubai–InternationalEl Bayadh,[11] El GoléaEl OuedFrankfurtGenevaGhardaïaHassi MessaoudIlliziIn AmenasIn SalahIstanbulJeddahJijelLaghouatLilleLisbonLondon–HeathrowLyonMadridMarseilleMécheria,[11] Metz/NancyMilan–MalpensaMontpellierMontréal–TrudeauMoscow–SheremetyevoNiameyNiceNouakchottOranOuagadougouOuarglaParis–Charles de GaulleParis–OrlyRome–FiumicinoSaint Petersburg (begins 23 July 2023),[12] SétifTamanrassetTébessaTiaret,[9] TimimounTindoufTlemcenTouggourtToulouseTunisVienna
Seasonal: AlicanteAntalyaBasel/Mulhouse
Air CanadaSeasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Air FranceParis–Charles de GaulleParis–OrlyToulouse
Seasonal: MarseilleNice
ASL Airlines FranceLilleLyonParis–Charles de Gaulle
British AirwaysLondon–Gatwick (resumes 29 October 2023),[15] London–Heathrow (ends 28 October 2023)
ITA AirwaysRome–Fiumicino
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Royal JordanianAmman–Queen Alia
Tassili AirlinesAdrarAnnabaBécharBiskraConstantineDjanetEl OuedGhardaïaHassi MessaoudHassi R’MelIlliziIn SalahMascara,[17] Mécheria,[17] NantesOranParis–Charles de GaulleSétifStrasbourgTamanrassetTindoufTlemcen
Seasonal: El BayadhLaghouatTiaret
Seasonal: Strasbourg
TUI fly BelgiumBrussels (begins 7 November 2023), Charleroi
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
Seasonal: Antalya


Air Algérie CargoDubai–InternationalFrankfurtIstanbulLondon–HeathrowLyonMunichNouadhibouNouakchottParis–Charles de GaulleRome–FiumicinoTunis
Emirates SkyCargoDubai–Al Maktoum
Turkish CargoIstanbul

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