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Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Wed Aug 23, 2006 12:16 pm

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?

Many thanks in advance!

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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Wed Aug 23, 2006 2:04 pm

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!

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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:50 pm

Quoting Airwave (Reply 1):
El Aouina Airport was there before it

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 _:
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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 A�rospatiale Caravelle was deployed on the routes to Paris and Nice.
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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Thu Aug 24, 2006 4:29 am

Here's a postcard of El Aouina from mid-60's:



Publisher: H ISMAIL - 69 TUNIS - Aérogare d'El-Aouina

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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:08 am

Flight for 4 Dec 1959 says runway 12/30 was the longest, 6003 ft. They call the airport "Ealcouina". The 9 Dec 1960 issue calls it El Aouina and says the longest runway was 11/29 at 6003 ft.

It seems Tunis/Carthage and El Aouina are about the same.
 
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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:14 am

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?
 
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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:16 am

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.
 
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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:01 am

Siren...

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!

Se210...
 
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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:11 am

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.
 
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RE: Airports In Tunis In 1959?

Sun Aug 27, 2006 5:09 pm

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  Wink Tunisair's retired aircrafts had been stuck in its tarmac until they were sold.

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