|Airport type||Public, Civilian|
|Owner||Civil Aviation Authority of South Sudan|
|Serves||Tonj, South Sudan|
|Elevation AMSL||431 m / 1,414 ft|
Tonj Airport( ICAO : HSTO) is an airport serving Tonj in South Sudan. It is located in Tonj County in Tonj State, in the town of Tonj, in the northwestern part of South Sudan. The airport is located just outside town to the west of the central business district.
The ICAOairport code or location indicator is a four-letter code designating aerodromes around the world. These codes, as defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization and published in ICAO Document 7910: Location Indicators, are used by air traffic control and airline operations such as flight planning.
An airport is an aerodrome with extended facilities, mostly for commercial air transport. Airports often have facilities to store and maintain aircraft, and a control tower. An airport consists of a landing area, which comprises an aerially accessible open space including at least one operationally active surface such as a runway for a plane to take off or a helipad, and often includes adjacent utility buildings such as control towers, hangars and terminals. Larger airports may have airport aprons, taxiway bridges, air traffic control centres, passenger facilities such as restaurants and lounges, and emergency services. In some countries, the US in particular, they also typically have one or more fixed-base operators, serving general aviation.
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This location lies approximately 420 kilometres (260 mi), by air, northwest of Juba International Airport, the largest airport in South Sudan. The geographic coordinates of this airport are: 7° 15' 59.89"N, 28° 39' 44.35"E (Latitude: 7.266639; Longitude: 28.662322). Tonj Airport is situated 431 metres (1,414 ft) above sea level. The airport has a single unpaved runway, the dimensions of which are not publicly known at this time.
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