Massawa International Airport

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Massawa International Airport
Antonov An-12BP AN1639638.jpg
A retired Antonov An-12BP near the Massawa airport's bus terminal.
Airport type Military/Public
Serves Massawa
Location Massawa, Eritrea
Elevation AMSL 206 ft / 63 m
Coordinates 15°41′0″N 39°22′5″E / 15.68333°N 39.36806°E / 15.68333; 39.36806Coordinates: 15°41′0″N 39°22′5″E / 15.68333°N 39.36806°E / 15.68333; 39.36806
MSW is located in Eritrea
Location of airport in Eritrea
Direction Length Surface
ft m
07/25 11,483 3,500 Asphalt

Massawa International Airport (IATA: MSWICAO: HHMS) is an airport[1] in Massawa, a major city in the Northern Red Sea region of Eritrea.


The Massawa International Airport is a large establishment. It is one of Eritrea's major airports.[2]

In the colonial period in Italian Eritrea, a 1,970 km airways line of Ala Littoria was established between Massawa and Djibouti-Berbera-Galadi-Mogadishu, with another of 770 km between Khartoum and Kassala-Asmara-Massaua [3].

As of 2014, the airport only accommodates domestic flights since the companies that formed it do not have international licenses.[2]

The Eritrea Investment Centre has proposed a new $60 million development project at the airport. Additionally, it has offered incentives on taxation, provision of supplies that the market does not already provide, provision of heavy machinery, and easy access to government loans.[2]


There are no active airlines operating from Massawa: there are only private (between Massawa and Asmara & Assab) and military air services in 2017.

Eritrean Air Force still uses the airport as one of their three air bases.


The first airport in the vicinity was Otumlo Airport, which was located nearby but destroyed at the end of WW2.


  1. ^ Massawa airport photos
  2. ^ a b c "Massawa International Airport". COMESA. Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Flavio Riccitelli (A.I.D.A.). "ALA LITTORIA S.A. (1934–1941)". Il Postalista. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 


  • Massawa International Airport (MSW)

Further reading

  • Negash, Tekeste. Italian colonialism in Eritrea 1882-1941 (Politics, Praxis and Impact). Uppsala University. Uppsala, 1987.
  • Vincenzo Meleca, Le linee aeree dell'Africa Orientale Italiana, ([1])
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