President Obiang Nguema International Airport
|President Obiang Nguema International Airport|
|IATA: GEM – ICAO: FGMY|
|Operator||Aeropuertos De Guinea Ecuatorial (ADGE)|
|Location||Mengomeyén, Equatorial Guinea|
|Elevation AMSL||2,165 ft / 660 m|
|Coordinates||01°41′24″N 11°01′26″E / 1.69000°N 11.02389°E|
Location of airport in Equatorial Guinea
President Obiang Nguema International Airport (IATA: GEM, ICAO: FGMY), is an airport located approximately 1.5 km southwest of the town of Mengomeyén, also known as Mongomeyen, in the mainland province of Wele-Nzas, Equatorial Guinea. The airport is named after the country's president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has been president of Equatorial Guinea since 1979.
The airport is the latest airport to be built in Equatorial Guinea and is the fifth international airport serving Equatorial Guinea, and is designed to connect the nation's geographically isolated areas such as Annobon and Corisco to the main population centers.
The new airport took 72 months to complete and was fully funded by the Government of Equatorial Guinea, costing over 190 billion CFA francs. It is one of many recent government initiatives intended to promote economic and infrastructure development throughout the region.
The airport was inaugurated on Equatorial Guinea's Independence Day, 12 October 2012. The inauguration was presided over by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his wife Constancia Mangue, with the attendance of the President of the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Manuel Pinto da Costa, guest of honour of the celebrations of independence. During the inauguration the Minister of Civil Aviation Fausto Abeso Fuma claimed the new airport is the best equipped, not only of Equatorial Guinea, but of Central Africa.
The airport resides at an elevation of 660m with its longest runway 3000m long. The runway can handle aircraft in the Boeing 747-400 class. It has three turning loops, a parking esplanade of over one hundred thousand square meters, an access road, drinking water supply, fire safety, new-generation navigation equipment, etc.
The Mongomeyen VOR-DME (Ident: MGY) is located just north of the field.
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