Amman Civil Airport

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Amman Civil Airport

مطار عمان المدني

Maṭār ʿAmmān al-Madaniyy
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorJordan Airports Company
LocationAmman, Jordan
Elevation AMSL2,555 ft / 779 m
Coordinates31°58′21″N 35°59′29″E / 31.97250°N 35.99139°E / 31.97250; 35.99139Coordinates: 31°58′21″N 35°59′29″E / 31.97250°N 35.99139°E / 31.97250; 35.99139
ADJ is located in Jordan
Location of airport in Jordan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 3,275 10,745 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Sources: AIP[1] and DAFIF[2][3]

Amman Civil Airport (IATA: ADJ, ICAO: OJAM) (Arabic: مطار عمان المدني‎, romanizedMaṭār ʿAmmān al-Madaniyy, commonly known as Marka International Airport, is located in Marka district, Greater Amman Municipality, Jordan, some 5 km (3.1 mi; 2.7 NM) north-east of Amman city center.

It serves as Amman's a main civil airport for passengers on private flights, and moreover as an aviation education and training hub. It was the main airport for Jordan until Queen Alia International Airport was opened in 1983.


The airport was founded in 1950 by the British as a joint military civilian airport.[4] In 2009, Jordan Airports Company officially assumed managerial and operational responsibility for Amman Civil Airport. The company is also entrusted with the development of 8,000 Dunums around Queen Alia International Airport. It mainly serves now as a regional airport servicing domestic and nearby international routes, as well as charter and private VIP flights. In coordination with international specialized consultants, the company has prepared a comprehensive master plan for Amman Civil Airport, which includes several capital projects. The company began the implementation of the first phase of the master plan to develop the facilities at the Airport; in 2012 the VIP Lounge was renovated and operated in a new spirit and a new level of services to position it as one of the most exceptional VIP Terminals in the region. In 2013 the new airport entrance project was delivered and in October 2013 the works started to rehabilitate the arrivals terminal and expand the duty-free shops at the airport, in addition to other several infrastructure and air side projects. The airport is home to Arab Wings airlines and is operational 24 hours a day.


Jordan International Air Cargo is based in Marka. The company was founded in 2001, and gained its Air operator's certificate in 2005.[5] The company operates cargo charter flights in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe,[6] using two planes, one Antonov An-12 and two Ilyushin Il-76MF.[7]


  • On 9 September 1956, a Jordan International Airlines Curtiss C-46A-45-CU Commando, registration JY-ABV, crashed into a downhill near the airport while trying to make an emergency landing following mechanical failures during climb out. The plane caught fire and all on board, but 1 passenger survived the accident.
  • On 22 January 1959, Air Jordan Flight 601, a Convair Convair CV-240-2 registration JY-ACB, crashed 2.8 mls Northwest of Wadi-es-Sir while approaching the airport in adverse weather conditions. All 5 crew members and 6 of the 11 passengers died in the accident making it the worst civilian plane crash in Jordan's soil. The cause was determined as the pilot's decision to fly below the minimum prescribed altitude to make visual contact with the ground in adverse weather conditions.
  • On 30 June 1973, Aeroflot Armenia Flight 512, a Tupolev 134A registration CCCP-65668, overshot the runway and hit a house during takeoff from the airport killing 2 crew members and 7 people from the building, the other 5 crew members and 78 passengers survived. The cause was determined as the crew's decision to abort the take off at a speed of 265 km/h because the captain had the impression that the speed dropped due to the failure of one engine.
  • On 23 September 1977, a Learjet 36A operated by Arab Wings, registration JY-AFC, impacted the ground in an inverted position on hard ground approximately 8 feet north of the parallel taxiway due to fuel imbalance during takeoff. All 4 on board were killed.
  • On 1 May 2006, a Royal Jordanian Air Academy Piper Pa-28-181 stalled and crashed while trying to make an emergency landing to runway 06 when the plane's engine lost power during initial climb. Both pilots and their passenger died as a result of the crash.


  1. ^ AIP for Amman Civil Airport (OJAM)[permanent dead link] from Jordan's Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission
  2. ^ Airport information for OJAM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for ADJ at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  4. ^ "Amman-Marka International Airport". Jordan Airports Company. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Jordan International Air Cargo". JIAC. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ NetImpulses. "Jordan International Air Cargo- Reviews, Rate Quote". Shipping-international. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  7. ^ "A-Z Air Freighters Guide - Freighter Airlines A-Z Index". A-Z Group Ltd. Retrieved 13 August 2014.

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