Rosh Pina Airport

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Rosh Pina Airport

שדה התעופה ראש פינה
مطار روش بينا
Airport typePublic
OperatorIsrael Airports Authority
LocationRosh Pina, Mahanayim
Coordinates32°58′51.77″N 35°34′18.87″E / 32.9810472°N 35.5719083°E / 32.9810472; 35.5719083
Rosh Pina Airport is located in Israel
Rosh Pina Airport
Rosh Pina Airport
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05/23 3,190 972 Asphalt
15/33 3,655 1,114 Asphalt

Rosh Pina Airport (Hebrew: שְׂדֵה הַתְּעוּפָה רֹאשׁ פִּינָּה‎, Arabic: مطار روش بينا‎) (IATA: RPN, ICAO: LLIB), sometimes called Mahanayim Airport due to its proximity to Mahanayim, is an Israeli airport located in Rosh Pinna, near the Safed-Hatzor-Rosh Pina Industrial Park.[1] The airport is located 16km from Safed, 29km from Tiberias and 30km from Kiryat Shmona.


Aerial view

The airport was built in 1943 during the British Mandate for Palestine. Using 400 mules and Indian soldiers, Major Ronald John Jarvis Horton laid the foundations. With his mules and wooden chariots, then went overland to India and Burma where he fought the Japanese at Kohima. Mahanayim served the British army against Vichy France in Syria. In 1948 the airport was taken over by the IAF. In the 1950s, Arkia Israel Airlines began service to the airport, working from a hut which served as a passenger terminal and air traffic control tower. By 1968, a new terminal building had been constructed and three years later, in 1971, a fire station and control tower were erected. Following increased activity, the passenger terminal was further expanded in 1994. In 2008, the airport was closed temporarily for the testing of an Elbit Systems unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Since the closure of Tel Aviv-Sde Dov, which was the only destination served from Rosh Pina by Ayit Aviation and Tourism[3] there are currently no more scheduled flights at the airport.


Since the beginning of the century the airport has seen a decreasing number of passengers (though this trend has stabilized since 2006). The drop off in passenger volume has been attributed to major upgrades undertaken on the road infrastructure to the northern periphery of Israel since the early 2000s, leading to a viable alternative to air service to the region. (For example, Egged bus №845, which as of July 2019 travels from Rosh Pina to Tel Aviv in about an hour and 45 minutes.) Most flights are to Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv.

Year Total Domestic Passengers Total Domestic Operations
1999 168,915 21,647
2000 123,595 18,137
2001 127,123 19,593
2002 108,016 17,926
2003 80,277 15,706
2004 54,764 14,995
2005 45,306 13,149
2006 16,110 11,592
2007 16,790 11,017
2008 19,766 9,703
2009 19,050 7,614
2010 23,067 10,275
2011 15,782 9,273
2012 15,224 9,491
Source: Israel Airports Authority


  • On 19 April 1974 two Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters collided over the airport. One of the helicopters managed to land safely while the other helicopter crashed and caught fire. All 8 IDF soldiers on board died.


External links[edit]

Media related to Ben Ya'akov Airport at Wikimedia Commons