The Noumerat – Moufdi Zakaria International Airport, also known as the Noumerate Airport is an international airport located near Ghardaia, the capital of the Ghardaia Province in the North African nation of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Algeria. Gharaia is a major center of date production and the location of the M’zab Valley, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern-central Algeria in the Sahara Desert, along the left bank of the Wadi M’zab.
Named after the author of Kassaman, which is the Algerian national anthem, the Gharaia Airport serving this region is located at a distance of 16 kilometers to the south-east of the Ghardaia city centre. Situated at an elevation of 1,512 feet above mean sea level, this public airport is owned and operated by the EGSA Alger, which is an airport management services establishment of the government of Algeria operating a total number of 18 airports within this country.
There are two asphalt surfaced runways measuring 10,171 feet and 7,874 feet long catering to all varieties of flights to/from the Noumerat - Moufdi Zakaria International Airport. As of now, there are two passenger terminals serving airlines, of which the older one is dedicated to hajj flights and peak season charter operations to/from this airport. The recently commissioned new terminal building which is a modern facility as per international aviation norms is now serving all domestic as well as international scheduled passenger flights moving in and out of this airport. Apart from the private taxi services readily available outside the main terminal building, many hotels around Ghardaia are operating complementary shuttle services to/from the Noumerat - Moufdi Zakaria International Airport for guests seeking comfortable accommodation options.