Kunduz Airport

Kunduz Airport

Pashto: د کندز هوايي ډګر

Dari: فرودگاه قندوز
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U.S. soldiers disassembling their building on the Forward Operating Base Kunduz Airfield (2013)
Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner Afghanistan
OperatorMinistry of Transport and Civil Aviation[1]
ServesKunduz Province
LocationKunduz, Afghanistan
Built1958[2]
Elevation AMSL1,457 ft / 444 m
Coordinates36°39′54″N 68°54′39″E / 36.66500°N 68.91083°E / 36.66500; 68.91083 (Kunduz Airport (Kunduz))Coordinates: 36°39′54″N 68°54′39″E / 36.66500°N 68.91083°E / 36.66500; 68.91083 (Kunduz Airport (Kunduz))
Map
UND is located in Afghanistan
UND
UND
Location of airport in Afghanistan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
11/29 8,100 2,469 Asphalt
Sources: Great Circle Mapper,[3]

Kunduz Airport (IATA: UND, ICAO: OAUZ) is located about 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Kunduz (also spelled Konduz),[4] the capital of Kunduz Province in Afghanistan. It is a domestic airport under the country's Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA),[1] and serves the population of Kunduz Province. Security in and around the airport is provided by the Afghan National Security Forces.

The airport resides at an elevation of 1,457 feet (444 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 11/29 with an asphalt surface measuring 8,100 by 148 feet (2,469 m × 45 m).[2] A new terminal was added in 2017, which has a capacity of housing up to 1,300 passengers.[5] The entire airport was expanded and updated in recent years but some work remains to be completed.[6]

History

The airport was originally built in 1958 when Afghanistan was ruled by King Zahir Shah.[2] "Two years later, the airport was further constructed by the United States."[2][7] During the 1980s, it was used by Afghan and Soviet forces for military purposes. It was recently used by forces of NATO's Resolute Support Mission.

After the withdrawal of all NATO forces from Afghanistan, members of the Taliban took control of Kunduz Airport in August 2021. They captured weaponry and vehicles from the Afghan National Army and Afghan Air Force,[8] including an Mi-35 Hind attack helicopter given to the Afghan Air Force by India.

Airlines and destinations

Each week there are two flights between Kunduz Airport and Kabul International Airport.[6] Kam Air formerly operates services to Kabul International Airport. All flights from Kunduz Airport were suspended between August 2021 and July 2022.

Incidents

  • On 17 May 2010, confirmed reports state that Pamir Airways Flight 112, an Antonov An-24, crashed 100 km away from Kabul International Airport.[9] The plane was en route from Kunduz Airport to Kabul, when it suddenly disappeared from radars.[10][11] The wreckage was located on 20 May, rescuers reached the site on 21 May. No signs of life were found.[12]
  • On 28 September 2015, during the Battle of Kunduz, many civilians from the city of Kunduz fled to the airport, which was not taken by the Taliban.[13] According to a government security official, the Taliban had been vastly outnumbered, with only an estimated 500 fighters remaining against about 7,000 government troops and allied militia members.[13] However, local politicians from Kunduz said that the government had failed to provide leadership and support to its fighters in the area.[13]
  • On 11 August 2021, the news channel Russia Today, reported that the airport was captured by the Taliban. The airport's government forces had outlasted other centres in Kunduz before its capture.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Afghan Civilian and Military Airports Resume Activities". TOLOnews. 29 January 2022. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Kunduz airport preparing for foreign flights". Pajhwok Afghan News. 16 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  3. ^ Airport information for UND at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  4. ^ "Kunduz Airport". Afghanistan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. 21 March 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Kunduz airport gets new terminal worth $1.4m". Pajhwok Afghan News. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Kabul-Kunduz Flights Resumed After 10 Years". TOLOnews. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  7. ^ Smith, Harvey Henry (1969). Area Handbook for Afghanistan (fourth ed.). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 36. The airports at Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif and Kunduz were built with United States assistance.
  8. ^ "Taliban takes control of airport in Afghanistan's Kunduz, seizes chopper gifted by India". www.msn.com. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Afghan Official: Passenger Plane Crashes". FoxNews.com. Associated Press. 17 May 2010.
  10. ^ "Afghan passenger flight reported missing". Flightglobal.com. 17 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Pamir Airways plane carrying 41 people missing between Kunduz and Kabul". WireUpdate.com. BNO News. 17 May 2010. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2010.
  12. ^ Shah, Amir (21 May 2010). "Afghan minister: No sign of life at airline crash". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  13. ^ a b c "Taliban Fighters Capture Kunduz City as Afghan Forces Retreat". The New York Times. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.

External links

  • Aeronautical chart and airport information for OAUZ at SkyVector
  • Accident history for UND at Aviation Safety Network
  • Airport record for Kunduz Airport at Landings.com
  • Current weather for OAUZ at NOAA/NWS
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