Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma International Airport

Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma International Airport (Ge'ez: አባ ጤና ደጃዝማች ይልማ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ ābbā ṭēnā dejāzmāč yilmā ʿālem aqef ye-āyyer mārefīyā) (IATA: DIR, ICAO: HADR), also known as Dire Dawa International Airport,[3] is an international airport serving Dire Dawa, a city in eastern Ethiopia. It is located 5 km (3 miles) northwest of the city center.[3]

Dire Dawa International Airport

አባ ጤና ደጃዝማች ይልማ ዓለም አቀፍ የአየር ማረፊያ
Dire Dawa - Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma (DIR - HADR) AN0763812.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorEthiopian Airports Enterprise
ServesDire Dawa, Ethiopia
Elevation AMSL3,829 ft / 1,167 m
Coordinates09°37′28″N 041°51′15″E / 9.62444°N 41.85417°E / 9.62444; 41.85417Coordinates: 09°37′28″N 041°51′15″E / 9.62444°N 41.85417°E / 9.62444; 41.85417
HADR is located in Ethiopia
Location of airport in Ethiopia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,679 8,791 Asphalt

The airport was named after Emperor Haile Selassie's elder half-brother Dejazmach Yilma Makonnen, who preceded him as governor of Harar.


The airport is located at an elevation of 3,829 feet (1,167 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 15/33, with an asphalt surface measuring 2,679 by 45 metres (8,789 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Air Djibouti Djibouti
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Djibouti, Gode[4]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

  • On 27 August 1981, Douglas C-47B ET-AGX of RRC Air Services was written off when the port undercarriage collapsed on landing.[5]
  • On 9 January 2020, an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-700 registered ET-ALN operating flight ET363 was on approach to the airport, but flew through a swarm of desert locusts that obscured visibility from the cockpit. The crew depressurized the aircraft and manually cleaned the windscreens before attempting a second approach, but were faced with the same problem. After a second depressurization and manual cleaning, the flight diverted to Addis Ababa, its origin airport.[6]


  1. ^ a b Airport information for HADR from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for DIR at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ a b "Dire Dawa International Airport". Ethiopian Airports Enterprise. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Domestic Scheduled Services". Ethiopian Airlines.
  5. ^ "ET-AGX Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010.
  6. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Incident: Ethiopian B737 at Dire Dawa on Jan 9th 2020, swarm of grasshoppers". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 17 January 2020.

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