Massawa International Airport is a military and public-commercial airport that serves the city of Massawa in Eritrea. It is a large establishment and is considered as one of Eritrea's major international airports.
The airport is located about 14.5 kilometres north of Massawa, a city on the Red Sea coast of Eritrea that is located at the northern end of the Gulf of Zula, beside the Dahlak Archipelago. The city was previously called Batsi, and is also known as Mitsiwa. The city has been an important port for many centuries, and was ruled by a succession of empires, including the Axumite Empire, Medri Bahri Kingdom, Umayyad Caliphate, various Beja sultanates, Ottoman Empire, Egyptian empire, Italian Empire, British Empire, and Ethiopian empire, until Eritrea's independence in 1991, which makes it an even more suitable location for an international airport.
The Eritrea Investment Centre has proposed a new 60 million-dollar development project at the airport, which will offer incentives on taxation, provision of supplies that the market does not already provide, provision for heavy machinery, and easy access to government loans.
Massawa International Airport, though huge by size, has a sleeping terminal that has not seen much action since its inception. Albeit its strategic location within the major city of Massawa, its builders does not have an international licence, which means that the said airport and its terminal will have to stand down and deploy domestic flights in the meantime. An international licence for a builder is important, as this will determine the possibility of handling international flights for airports with enough capacity to do so.
Services and Facilities
Massawa International Airport resides at an elevation of 206 feet or 63 metres above mean sea level. It has an almost 12,000 feet or 3,500 metres long asphalt runway that is capable of receiving and handling the biggest aircraft from any aircraft families of today. Currently, the airport is one of the only three airports built in the nation of Eritrea. Furthermore, Massawa International Airport currently does not have scheduled passenger services. The only active airport with commercial services is the one in Asmara, which provides services to major cities in Africa, Asia, and Europe.