Bender Qasim International Airport, which serves Bossaso, is operative only during the daytime. Travelers can obtain visas upon arrival.
The airport has been upgraded and the upgrade cost about US $10 million. The renovation work aimed to expand the airport’s runway from 1.7 km to 2.6 km, construct duty-free shops, improve parking areas for both passenger and cargo planes, and cars and expand immigration offices. The expansion exercise was launched in December 2014 and was accomplished in January 2016. The project was undertaken by China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC).
Planes with much bigger capacities will now be able to fly directly to the port city. Recently the flights were provided by small air charter firms with small crafts.
|Province / District||Bossaso||Longitude||49.18333|
|Town or City (Closest)||Bossaso (5 km)||Elevation (ft)||30 feet asl|
|Airfield Name||Bender Qasim Airport||IATA and ICAO Codes||BSA & HCMF|
|Open From (hours)||0600||Open To (hours)||1800|
During the month of Aug-Oct crosswinds of up to 30 knots occur in the morning; the winds are less ferocious in the afternoons.
The airfield is easy to see from the air as it is asphalt concrete.
Runway: 09/27 Asphalt Concrete.
- Runway 09: 11° 16’ 32” N, 49° 7' 48 E
- Runway 27: 11° 16’ 32” N, 49° 8' 56” E
Runway length/width: 2,400 m x 45 m, with 7.5 m shoulder a side.
Apron: 145 m x 150 m concrete.
Touchdown Runway 27 is 340 m concrete with a turning pad of 80 m concrete.
Taxiway width: 23 m with 10.5 m shoulders of asphalt concrete.
Aerodrome reference Code: CAT 4E.
Aerodrome Elevation: 30 ft AMSL.
The airport is in between a mountainous terrain rising at some points up to over 5,000 feet asl to the South and South East of the field. There are occurrences of dust storms in the area.
1,700 m x 20 m
Airport Infrastructure Details
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
Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicator
The airport has no cargo terminal and there are no hi-loaders, forklifts, belts or trolleys.
Performance for 2013
Total aircraft movements
Total capacity of the airport (metric tonnes)
Current activity of the airport (metric tonnes)
Current use by Humanitarian flights (UNHAS)
Airport Operating Details
Maximum sized aircraft which can be offloaded on bulk cargo:
Maximum sized aircraft that can be offloaded on pallet
Total aircraft parking area (m²)
Info not available
Storage Area (mt)
Cubic Meters (m³)
Cargo Handling Equipment Available (Yes / No)
If "Yes" specify below
Elevators / Hi Loaders (Yes / No)
Max Capacity (mt)
Can elevators / hi loaders reach the upper level of a B747 (Yes / No)
Loading Ramps (Yes / No)
There are storage facilities in Bossaso as per described above but hardly used as cargo is removed from airport for security reasons on day of arrival.
Night landings are not permitted
Fuel Services Charges
Price per Unit
$1.26 / litre
For information on Somalia airport contact details, please see the following link: 4.5 Somalia Airport Company Contact List
Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: http://www.azfreight.com/