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Visa on arrival is slow

The good news is that you can get your tourist visa on arrival for USD 50 (cash; Americans have to pay USD 100). KLM handed out the application form on the inbound flight from Amsterdam.

The bad news is that it takes a long, long time—maybe 45 minutes. You line up to have you application reviewed, then line up to pay the cashier and hand over your passport, then wait (and wait, and wait) to have your name called, as they bring out small batches of passports every 5–10 minutes with the visa added. Then you line up for customs and immigration, and finally put your bags througj another x-ray machine before leaving the terminal.

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Lots of checkpoints, but short lines

I lost count of the number of times I had to fill in forms and/or line up to have my passport and bags checked on departure, but on the bright side, none of the lines was long.

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re: airport does not exist; can we remove this

Paul has marked this as "closed" for now. Do you know if there was formerly an airport in or near this location? We can delete it altogether if the original entry was in error.

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Bad airport for connections

If you're arriving at Terminal 1 and your connecting flight leaves from Terminal 3, you'll have to retrieve your checked baggage, exit the secure area, and line up again in the public security line in Terminal 3. Be warned.

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French garrison

The airstrip serves a small French garrison from Réunion. The island is otherwise unoccupied.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_de_Nova_Island

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Selling, may close

The owners want to retire after years of great service to the general aviation community, so they're listing the land for $2.5 million. It could remain open as an airport, but with subdivisions popping up all around, I don't know if the odds are good.

Story (The Citizen doesn't manage links well, so this will probably break soon): http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/the-carleton-place-airport-you-are-clear-to-land-it-for-2-5-million

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About to be privatised

Several French airports are going to be run by private operators, including this one:

http://mobile.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2016/11/10/privatisation-de-l-aeroport-de-lyon-le-consortium-mene-par-vinci-finalise-l-acquisition_5028763_3234.html

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Merged duplicate airports

Now just one record for this location.

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Fixed record

Merged duplicate identifiers

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Merged

Merged the two records.

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Merged

I've merged the duplicate airports, so this is OK now.

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Not bad

It's a typical West African airport. Lots of people trying to sell you stuff when you stwo outside, but no harm there. I was 20 seconds through the main security line (there's also a quick check on entry). There's a snack bar in the departure area, but also a regular frequent-flyer lounge, and a separate one with paid access (€8 or CFA 5000). WiFi is in and out, but then, it's free.

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Beware the free WiFi

The free WiFi at BRU appears to be sponsored by a spam company — if you choose the Google login (and presumably also Facebook), it asks permission to access your full contact list. Your friends won't thank you for selling their email addresses so cheaply.

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Closed?

This is a military airfield, bombed by NATO in 1999. Based on the satellite photo, the runway does appear to be maintained.

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Reported as (temporarily) closed

According to Wikipedia, this airport is closed as of December 2015, but there are plans to reopen it for low-cost carriers.

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Moved NDB

Thank you! I've moved the NDB to the correct location.

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Marked as closed

Marked as closed based on visitor feedback.

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Marked as closed

Not in current CFS; runway appears disused in sat view.

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Korean War history

US Marines captured this airbase in 1950, and used it to provide air support for the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chosin_Reservoir before later evacuating. See the airport's Wikipedia article for more information.

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No airport visible

Marking as closed for now

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1999 Kosovo peace agreement signed here

http://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/jun/10/balkans

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Both NDBs deleted

I've removed both of the decommissioned NDBs formerly associated with the airport.

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Appears closed

I can see traces of the old runways, still, but this doesn't look like an operational airport. Please leave a comment if you have any further information.

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re: IPhone app

OurAirports does not produce any iPhone or Android apps — perhaps you were looking at an app that uses the open data that we publish.

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(no subject)

There's an aircraft (glider?) visible on the runway if you zoom in.

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Possible alternative location

@Bill35 found a different location in a 1996 Tactical Pilotage Chart (UK Ministry of Defence military survey): -17.0049 30.8961

Zooming in shows something that might once have been a runway there, though it's much rutted and crossed by paths now. I wonder if Zimbabwe is simply reluctant to let international authorities know about how much infrastructure it has let decay during its decades of economic trouble, so it wants to keep this on the books (number of airports is one of the indicators used in international development).

In any case, we need to decide (a) whether to move the marker per the 1996 chart, and (b) whether to mark the airport as "closed" based on its visible state in the sat view. Thoughts?

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Disputed territory

Vietnam currently occupies this reef, but several countries claim ownership: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spratly_Island

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Disputed territory

This airport is in the Spratly Islands. Vietnam occupies the island, but several countries claim ownership. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spratly_Island

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Corrections

Added the Al Buraimi governorate and moved the pointer to the correct location.

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(no subject)

Marked as closed until we have new information.

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Don't see an airport here

Unless that straight stretch of road doubles as a landing strip, I suspect that the source for this airport (Great Circle Mapper) just used the lat/lon of the village. Marking as closed until we have more information.

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Listed separately from RAF Breighton

Although this airstrip is immediately adjacent to the (now closed) RAF Breighton, it uses a separate runway from the original, which is still visible.

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Frequencies updated

Per AIP 2015-12-10

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Base for Russian airstrikes

Russia has been using this airport as its base for launching airstrikes in Syria since September 2015.

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Captured

Captured by ISIL in May 2015

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History of Marsa Airfield

Opened in 1918 to support anti-submarine air patrols: http://www.ronaldv.nl/abandoned/airfields/MT/malta.html#marsa

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Mainly for Rio Tinto?

This airport appears to serve mainly Rio Tinto's Simandou iron ore project; at least, it was Rio Tinto who funded the development of its instrument approaches.

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Guinea's first GNSS approach

Beyla got Guinea's first certified GPS instrument approach back in 2009: http://www.directapproach.ca/Beyla.pdf

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Closed in 2015

Closed on 2015-03-01 for redevelopment.

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Closed

Seems closed now though there are still some (shells of?) planes by the parking lot.

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Taxi

During my visit (1–2 October 2015), it was $20 (US $15) for a taxi into downtown Fredericton.

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Capital Airways (FBO)

Information as of 2015-09-29:

Location: off taxiway D, just before it intersects with C.

Hours: 0800-1800 local

Phone: +1-506-446-3588 (after hours +1-506-238-3653)

Frequency: 122.875 MhZ

Ramp fee: (for a small, single-engine plane) $15/night, first night waived if you purchase fuel.

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State changed

Now marked as Queensland

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Marked closed

Thanks for the comment. Marked as closed.

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Records merged

The two separate records for this airport are now combined

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Marked closed

Thanks for the update — confirmed and marked as closed.

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Tie-down fees at Millionaire

For a Piper Cherokee-sized plane, the tie-down fee is now $40/night, first night waived with at least 15 gal fuel purchase. Still a good deal for the NY area.

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Jet Systems is now Signature West

I just talked to them, and there's still no charge for clearing customs there in a small single-engine piston plane, as long as you're not picking up or dropping off passengers. +1-914-428-3730