Siren From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 307 posts, RR: 12 Posted (7 years 4 months 5 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
I have a somewhat odd question for anybody familiar with North Africa in the late 50s - early 60s. In Tunis, what would have been the primary international airport, if there was one? And could you go so far as to tell me what services were available at the airport - such as Jet A, control tower, paved runways and lengths and directions?
Airwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 3 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 hours ago) and read 2135 times:
I don't know much about this airport, but just so you know, it's TUN (IATA, ICAO it's DTTA)... It's Tunis-Carthage International. If I have it right, El Aouina Airport was there before it, but I'm not sure if they're one and the same.
There's this article. It deals more with Tunisair, but I think there's some airport info in there, too. Here's the Wiki, too. Not sure exactly what you're looking for...
Anyway, hope it helps clarify your own search!
By the way, welcome to a.net!
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it already was in use during WW-II. A "real" terminal however only got opened in 1956 as can be seen in the following article _:
Tunisair's history is inextricably linked with developments in the north African country. When it was founded on 21 October 1948, Tunisia was still a French colony. Tunisair's first aircraft, a Douglas DC-3, was acquired from American military stocks. Later this was supplemented by larger Douglas DC-4's. After Tunisia won its independence, the young airline went through first a period of upheaval and then the transformation of Tunisia into a popular holiday destination. Non-stop flights from Tunis to Paris and Nice started up in 1956. In the capital city, the international airport of El Aouina commenced operations.
Two years later the airline began to appoint Tunisian nationals to key positions. The regular route service was consistently maintained. Initially the airline had its pilots and engineers trained in France and Morocco, and the first Tunisian women worked as flight attendants. On 2 September 1961 the jet age arrived at the airline when the first Aï¿½rospatiale Caravelle was deployed on the routes to Paris and Nice.
Siren From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 307 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
Those are pretty incredible photos, viewed in the context of today's aviation climate, and how much things have changed. I'm looking at planes sitting on a dirt ramp... and is that an open-air control tower?
Thank you for posting that!
Where would fuel be stored back in those days? Above ground in tanks, and trucked out to the planes?
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1948 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2032 times:
According to my copy of John Stroud's "Airports of the World," published in 1978, the current terminal at TUN opened in 1972. That's when the terminal depicted above was closed and the entire airfield was renamed Tunis-Carthage.
Se210 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 112 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2023 times:
I looked at my El Aouina postcard a bit closer. The tarmac appears to be rough ashpalt. The control tower appears to be enclosed on the left side and open on the right. It's great seeing 3 different Caravelle airlines (Alitalia, Air France, and Tunis Air) in one postcard!
Siren From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 307 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2012 times:
Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 6): That's when the terminal depicted above was closed and the entire airfield was renamed Tunis-Carthage.
Such a shame the airfield was renamed... I would guess it conflicted with President Bourguiba's ideological desires to westernize Tunisia... image is everything. I'm just conjecturing, but think. Airfield image is everything. Would Princess Juliana International be as memorable without the name?
To everybody else: Thank you so much for the information... this is extremely helpful.
TS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3318 posts, RR: 6 Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1951 times:
El Aouina and the present Tunis-Carthage are the same field. Only terminals has changed. The El Aouina building is now used for other official purposes...and you can easily see it, by your left, when you land Rwy29, or by your right when you take-off Rwy11 Tunisair's retired aircrafts had been stuck in its tarmac until they were sold.