Atar Airport or the Atar International Airport is a public airport located near Atar Town in the Adrar region of the North-West African nation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. Atar is the capital town of the Adrar Region and a marked UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at a distance of 404 kilometers from the national capital city of Nouakchott. This dusty town is best known as an entryway for tourists visiting the ruins of the ancient Moorish cities of Ouadane and Chinguetti. Set within the Sahara Desert, Atar Town is also a key stop in the world’s longest off-road race, the Paris-Dakar Rally which is held every January.
Situated at an elevation of 758 feet above mean sea level, Atar Airport was used by the United States Army Air Force - Air Transport Command as a stopover for cargo, transiting aircraft and personnel on the North African Cairo-Dakar transport route in the 1940s, during World War II. There is a 9,855 feet long asphalt surfaced runway catering to all flight movements to/from this airport including seasonal charter flights.
Atar Airport is well connected through regular flights to Agadir Al Massira Airport of Morocco on the north and Nouakchott International Airport and the Dakar Airport of Senegal to the south. This is basically a small airport facility with a basic aviation infrastructure on the outskirts of a vast desert mostly serving tourist traffic visiting this ancient historic beauty. There is hardly anything more than a single passenger terminal with basic facilities which will greet travelers on arrival at this airport. A few private taxis can be expected to enable passengers move downtown. Mostly, tour operators and hotels are found to be arranging local transportation services to/from the Atar International Airport for the benefit of their guests.