Juba International Airport is a joint civilian and military airfield with the SPLA, UNMISS, UNHAS and commercial airlines sharing the crowded airport facilities. The airport consists of a single asphalt runway, adjacent apron, terminal and emergency support buildings, control tower and fueling facilities. Apart from the main terminal building servicing all arriving and departing commercial and UNHAS flights, is an additional separate VIP terminal building which receives visiting dignitaries.
New terminal buildings have been under construction for some time; however there are no clear indications on its completion date. UNMISS also have a separate departure and arrival building located within the UNMISS compound with direct access to the airport to facilitate UNMISS flights. Including UNMISS and UNHAS flights, the airport is currently being serviced by an ever growing number of national and international commercial carriers and aircraft charter companies resulting, in an average of 60 ATMs a day. Several international airlines are operating in and out of Juba on a daily basis.
Airport operations in general are constrained by ageing and inadequate infrastructure. The current terminal buildings are small and unable to handle the increasing number of cargo and passengers arriving daily. There is no separate cargo terminal building and cargo is loaded and offloaded in a designated cargo area and transported to the customs warehouse on site for further processing. From July 2014, upgrades started including extension of the airport's runway from 2,400 meters to 3,100 meters, construction of more parking lots, and expansion of immigration offices. This is expected to be largely completed by mid 2016.
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|Province / District||Central Equatoria State||Longitude||31.60134|
|Town or City (Closest)||Juba||Elevation (ft and m)||1,513 ft / 461m|
|Airfield Name||Juba International Airport||IATA and ICAO Codes||JUB & HSSJ|
|Open From (hours)||07:30am||Open To (hours)||18:00pm|
Juba International Airport has a single runway capable of handling large, heavy aircraft. The runway is asphalt and in good condition. There are currently no surface issues or other concerns such as flooding, unsolicited access, standing water or water drainage and the runway is accessible through all weather conditions.
JIA only has one runway servicing all air traffic.
2,400 (m) X 175 (m)
Juba airport has two designated helicopter landing areas towards opposite ends of the runway. Towards the western end of the airport, and adjacent to the UNMISS compound, part of the taxiway and a large open gravel area is reserved for UNMISS and humanitarian helicopters. Towards the eastern end of the runway and adjacent to the cargo apron, a smaller area is reserved for military and commercial helicopters.
Present (Yes / No)
Largest helicopter that can land
Width and Length (metres)
200 (m) x 250 (m)
Asphalt & Gravel
The airport consists of a single asphalt runway, adjacent apron, terminal and emergency support buildings, control tower and fueling facilities. Operational performance constraints are mainly influenced by the airports ability to handle daily air traffic movements with aircraft separation, available parking space, and subsequent passenger, cargo and aircraft service rates as some of the principal influencing factors.
Airport facilities are characterized by ageing and inadequate infrastructure. The current terminal buildings are small and unable to handle the increasing number of cargo and passengers arriving daily. There is no separate cargo terminal building and cargo is loaded and offloaded in a designated cargo area and transported to the customs warehouse on site for further processing.
JET A-1 fuel
Single Point Refueling
Air Starter Units
Ground Power (mobile)
Pax transport to airfield
Ground Handling Services
Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)
Base Operating Room
Parking Ramp Lighting
Approach & Runway Lights
Current operations at JIA are relatively un-complex compared with other international airports owning to the single runway, small apron, and taxiway and terminal infrastructure size and layout. Operational performance constraints are mainly influenced by the airports ability to handle daily air traffic movements with aircraft separation, available parking space, and subsequent passenger, cargo and aircraft service rates as some of the principal influencing factors.
Current capacity delivers approximately 60 ATMs per day while at periods of high demand this number can exceed 100 ATMs. Currently the airport processes an average of 1300 passengers per day arriving and departing on all international, UNHAS and domestic flights. Whilst only a limited number of aircraft are able to park at any one time, a small arrival’s and departure terminal, and the outdated check-in, customs and immigrations and baggage collection areas further hamper the ability of the airport to process larger numbers of passengers.
Private companies mostly do cargo handling and the airports ability to handle bulk and other air cargo is hampered by the lack of a dedicated cargo terminal, handling equipment and a small customs warehouse. It is difficult to ascertain the total cargo handling figures for JIA. JIA is however the main destination for, and origin of cargo transported by air within South Sudan. The airport has neither a dedicated cargo terminal nor bulk cargo handling facilities.
Performance for 2014
Total aircraft movements
Total capacity of the airport (metric tonnes)
Current activity of the airport (metric tonnes)
Current use by Humanitarian flights (UNHAS)
|Maximum sized aircraft which can be offloaded on bulk cargo:||No Such capacity|
|Maximum sized aircraft that can be offloaded on pallet||IL-76|
|Total aircraft parking area (m²)||7,500m2|
|Storage Area (mt)||n/a||Cubic Meters (m³)||n/a|
|Cargo Handling Equipment Available (Yes / No)||Yes||If "Yes" specify below|
|Elevators / Hi Loaders (Yes / No)||Yes||Max Capacity (mt)||n/a|
|Can elevators / hi loaders reach the upper level of a B747 (Yes / No)||No|
|Loading Ramps (Yes / No)||No|
The only storage facilities available at the airport are three large, private, bonded warehouses, a part of which are rented out to the government and serves as the airports customs warehouse. The warehouses are approximately 850m2.
Navigation charges are currently not applicable to JIA
|Aircraft Weight - MTOW (kg)|
Navigation (per journey) USD - $
Landing USD - $
Night Landing USD - $
Night Take-Off USD - $
|0||7,000||n/a||172 - 265||0||0||70||n/a|
|7,001||136,000||n/a||265 - 1843||0||0||70||n/a|
|136,001||and over||n/a||1843 - 2083||0||0|
Note 1: Night landing is not permitted unless in an emergency
Note 2: Parking charges are USD70 regardless of aircraft
Note 3: All of these charges are administered by the CAA and are the same for all airports in Juba
Individual commercial companies determine fuel service charges. At the time of this study the average service charge was an all-inclusive USD$1.80 per litre.
JIA currently has no cargo terminal. Cargo is handled by commercial companies and or clearing agents.
No such capacity
Airport security is the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority. In addition to aviation security personnel, the SSPS, SPLA and other national security agencies also have a presence at the airport.
Perimeter fencing is present, well maintained and surrounds the airport preventing access to the runway and airport grounds. Stringent access control to the main terminal building, departure lounge and administrative buildings is maintained, however the layout of the buildings, increased airport traffic and number of public and passengers needing access to the airport makes access and crowd control difficult.
The vehicle parking and public waiting areas are situated in close proximity to the terminal buildings and although the majority of vehicular traffic is directed to the main open parking area, a large number of vehicles still have access to parking close to the terminal buildings. A small vehicle gate also allows direct access from the parking area to the baggage areas and runway beyond. Access to the airport control tower and airport administration area is also relatively unrestrictive.
Security equipment such as metal detectors and X-ray machines are present, but is frequently broken down. One X-ray machine serving all checked-in baggage on domestic and international flights is currently operational. As a result, airport security personnel also physically examine passengers, baggage and cargo upon entering or exiting the airport. The CAA recently introduced a new ID card system for authorized personnel.
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