Yasser Arafat International Airport

Yasser Arafat International Airport

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Yasser Arafat International Airport

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Yasser Arafat International Airport ( Maṭār Yāsir 'Arafāt ad-Dawli) , formerly Gaza International Airport and Dahaniya International Airport, is located in the Gaza Strip, in Rafah close to the Egyptian border.

It is owned, and was operated, by the Palestinian Authority, and served as the home airport for Palestinian Airlines. The airport was able to handle 700,000 passengers per year and operated 24 hours and 364 days a year (closed on Yom Kippur). The airport opened in 1998, but it closed in 2001 after being severely damaged by Israeli military forces. Its destruction left Gaza Airstrip as the only serviceable runway in the Gaza Strip.

On July 22nd, 2010, 7,203 Gazan children between the ages of 6 and 15 participated in setting a new Guinness World Record for the simultaneous dribbling of basketballs on the airport's undamaged tarmac ramp. Three weeks later, in August of 2010, the tarmac ramp was dismantled by Palestinians seeking stones and recycled building materials for reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after the Gaza War.


The airport was built with funding from Japan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Germany and designed by Moroccan...
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