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Houari Boumediene Airport (Arabic: مطار هواري بومدين الدولي‎, French: Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumédiène[1][2][3]) (IATA: ALG, 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.

Houari Boumediene Airport

مطار هواري بومدين الدولي

Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumédiène
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Airport typePublic
OperatorEGSA Alger
ServesAlgiers, Algeria
Hub for
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
Elevation AMSL25 m / 82 ft
Coordinates36°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)
ALG is located in Algeria
Location of airport in Algeria
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 (2016)
Passenger change 15-16Increase10%
Aircraft movements?
Movements change 15-16Increase?
Sources: AIP,[1] EGSA Alger,[2] ACI's 2013 World Airport Traffic Report.

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.


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[4]

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.[5] 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[6] Known Allied air force combat units assigned to the airfield were:


West terminal

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 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.[7]

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.

The west terminal opened on April 29, 2019. Starting its operations in three stages. The first was granted to flights bound for Paris by Air Algérie. A week later, the second phase was to operate flights to all the cities in France of Air Algérie. The third phase after another week, was to operate all the international flights of Air Algérie. As of May 15, the other foreign airlines would also begin operations in this terminal. The Wing 1 terminal 1 will be dedicated to domestic flights.

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Air AlgérieAbidjan, Adrar, Alicante, Amman–Queen Alia, Annaba, Bamako, Barcelona, Batna, Béchar, Beijing–Capital, Beirut, Béjaïa, Biskra, Bordeaux, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Casablanca, Charleroi,[8] Chlef, Constantine, Dakar–Diass, Djanet, Dubai–International, El Goléa, El Oued, Frankfurt, Geneva, Ghardaïa, Hassi Messaoud, Illizi, In Amenas, In Salah, Istanbul, Jeddah, Jijel, Laghouat, Lille, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Milan–Malpensa, Montpellier, Montreal–Trudeau, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Niamey, Nice, Nouakchott, Oran, Ouagadougou, Ouargla, Palma de Mallorca, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Rome–Fiumicino, Sétif, Tamanrasset, Tébessa, Timimoun, Tindouf, Tlemcen, Touggourt, Toulouse, Tunis, Vienna
Seasonal: Antalya, Basel/Mulhouse,[9] Valencia[10]
Air Canada RougeSeasonal: Montreal–Trudeau
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
ASL Airlines France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Toulon
British AirwaysLondon–Gatwick
FlynasJeddah, Medina (both begin 1 November 2019)[11]
Iberia RegionalMadrid
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Royal Air MarocCasablanca
Royal JordanianAmman–Queen Alia
SaudiaJeddah, Medina
Syrian AirDamascus[12]
Tassili AirlinesAdrar, Annaba, Béchar, Biskra, Constantine, Djanet, El Oued, Ghardaïa, Hassi Messaoud, Hassi R'Mel, Illizi, In Salah, Marseille, Nantes, Oran, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Sétif,[13] Strasbourg, Tamanrasset, Tindouf, Tlemcen
Seasonal: El Bayadh, Laghouat, Tiaret
Transavia FranceLyon, Nantes
TUI fly BelgiumCharleroi
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul[14]
Seasonal: Antalya[15]
VuelingAlicante, Barcelona, Málaga,[16] Marseille, Valencia


Air Algérie CargoDubai-International, Frankfurt, Istanbul-Atatürk, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Munich, Nouadhibou , Nouakchott , Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Rome-Fiumicino, Tunis
Air France CargoParis-Charles de Gaulle
Emirates SkyCargoDubai–Al Maktoum
Royal Air Maroc CargoBrussels, Casablanca, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Royal Jordanian CargoAmman-Queen Alia, Maastricht/Aachen
Turkish Airlines CargoIstanbul-Atatürk, Milan-Malpensa, Zürich
UPS AirlinesIstanbul-Atatürk


African & Near East Destinations from Algiers
All Transatlantic Destinations from Algiers
Traffic by calendar year. Unpublished Annual Reports
Passengers Change from previous year Aircraft operations Cargo
(Million Tkm )
2018 TBA      
2017 6 241 924 2,38%     24,80  
2016 6 093 416 11,37%   155,661   21,59  
2015 5 400 896 7,03%   142,683   21,90  
2014 5 021 289 10,53%     21,66  
2013 4 492 436 9,12%   72,676   17,50  
2012 4 082 595 13,20%   66,423   14,93  
2011 3 543 663 4,84%   64,191   14,83  
2010 3 372 283 29,61   61,066   15,91  
2009 4 370 917 34,01%   61,554   4,32  
2008 2 884 506 2,48%     16,98  
2007 2 813 018 3,08%     16,57  
2006 2 899 722 4,74%     23,57  
2005 3 037 298 6,65%     31,62  
2004 3 236 364 1,74%     21,44  
2003 3 292 815 8.82%     19,09  
2002 3 002 323 13,89%     17,98  
2001 3 419 249 12,34%     18,35  
2000 2 997 480 2,02%     16,65  
1999 2 936 800 15,15%     15,40 
Traffic Forecast from 2019-2029 with the planned extension to 16 million per annum [1] 2017 Air Traffic Passenger number increased to 6,241,924 in Algeria, from 3.38 million in 1998 to 6.24 million in 2017, growing at an average annual rate of 4.27 %.
Year Passengers Growing Average
2029 10 309 342 4,27%  
2028 9 887 161 4,27%  
2027 9 482 268 4,27%  
2026 9 093 956 4,27%  
2025 8 721 546 4,27%  
2024 8 364 386 4,27%  
2023 8 021 853 4,27%  
2022 7 693 347 4,27%  
2021 7 378 294 4,27%  
2020 7 076 143 4,27%  

Ground transportEdit


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.


The Algiers Metro Line L1 extension will connect the airport with the centre of Algiers.

Suburban railEdit

Suburban rail does not connect directly with the airport, but the closest station is at Dar El Baida.connecting the aéroport to the rail network in under construction will be finish soon.

Accidents and incidentsEdit



  This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ a b c (in French) AIP and Chart for Aéroport d'Alger / Houari Boumediene (DAAG) from Service d'Information Aéronautique – Algerie
  2. ^ a b (in French) Aéroport International d'Alger : HOUARI BOUMEDIENE from Établissement de Gestion de Services Aéroportuaires d'Alger (EGSA Alger)
  3. ^ (in French) Aéroport d’Alger Houari Boumediene, official website
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