Herat International Airport (Afghanistan)

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Herat International Airport (Afghanistan)

The Herat Airport is located in the Western region of Afghanistan, approximately 10 km south of Herat, the country’s third largest city.

Currently, the airport manages about 350,000 passengers per year, and the airport management and the maintenance of the airfield are performed by the NATO forces under Italian Command.

The project’s objective is to upgrade the infrastructures so as to raise the airport from a regional to a fully-fledged international airport, compliant with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards, and capable of handling the estimated future traffic in excess of 1,000,000 passengers per year.

The Feasibility Study includes the following tasks:

  • Airport lay-out study, preliminary/conceptual design and comparison of alternative options for the airport upgrade, including air-side infrastructures (runway, taxiway, aprons, traffic control tower) and land-side infrastructures (passenger and cargo terminals, access roads and parking)
  • Social Study, including interviews to local communities and social mitigation measures
  • Economic Study, including traffic projections over the next 20-year period (up to year 2040), assessment of economic and financial viability
  • Environmental Study, including assessment of environmentally sensitive issues and proposed mitigation measures
  • Geotechnical and Hydrological study, including field and laboratory investigations to assess soil properties and groundwater levels
  • Construction cost estimates


The Consultant has studied 4 alternative options for the airport upgrade, considering two phases of development. The main works envisaged are the following:


1st Phase – urgent works to comply with ICAO standards (reference code assumed 4E) and manage a passenger traffic of 1 million pax/year


  • Construction of a new runway 3,150 m (or 3,390 m) x 45 m x 60 m clearway + R.E.S.A. 240 x 150 m. The runway can be constructed without interfering with air traffic
  • Construction of new connections with runway, taxiway, apron
  • Refurbishment of existing civil apron, enlargement and repaving, for commercial and cargo aircraft (12 stands class C or 6 stands class D/E in mixed configuration)
  • Construction of a new fire station
  • Navaids (VOR/DME, ALS, SALS, ILS)
  • Modernization and rationalization of the existing terminal building, including 600 sqm expansion
  • Power supply (20 KV electric substation) – Electric generator – electric UPS, water supply, drainage system
  • Construction of a new Control Tower, and repaving of existing runway 3,000 m x 45 m to be reused as taxiway (related works to be carried out by NATO)
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Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA)


Herat, Afghanistan


Feasibility Study

Cost of works

Euro 76 million

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