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Taba International Airport
is an international airport
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located near Taba
Taba is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. Taba is the location of Egypt's busiest border crossing with neighboring Israel. Little more than a bus depot and a luxury hotel , Taba is a frequent vacation spot for Egyptians and tourists, especially those from Israel on...
Egypt , officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, Arabic: , is a country mainly in North Africa, with the Sinai Peninsula forming a land bridge in Southwest Asia. Egypt is thus a transcontinental country, and a major power in Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and the Muslim world...
In 2009, the airport served 340,225 passengers (-24.8% vs. 2008).
The airport was constructed by Israel
The State of Israel is a parliamentary republic located in the Middle East, along the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea...
at 1972 during its occupation of the Sinai following the Six Day War. Known as the Etzion Air Force Base
, it was demilitarized and restored to Egyptian control
The 1979 Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C. on the 26th of March 1979, following the 1978 Camp David Accords, which were signed by Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and were witnessed by United States President Jimmy Carter.The peace...
in 1982 and was named El Nakb Airport, with initially twice weekly flights being operated between it and Cairo using Fokker F-27 Friendships of Air Sinai, and then later Airbus aircraft of Egyptair, along with, at times, charter flights from the UK, Switzerland and elsewhere. A new terminal building and night lighting were added towards the end of the 90s and the airport was then renamed Taba International Airport in November 2000.
The original runway now known as 04R has been closed for a number of years and the runway in use is 04L.
Airlines and destinations
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