Bahrain International Airport

Airfield Profile

Key Facts

Name: Bahrain International Airport
Alternate Name:  
Location: Bahrain
Usage: Civil
Category: Public Airport


Operator: Civil Aviation Affairs, PO Box 536, Manama

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator
Station #13 USAAF


Country Region Sub-Region
Bahrain Muharraq Governorate Muharraq

Address: Not known.

Nearest Town/City: Manama – airport is 4 miles (7 km) northeast.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 26° 16′ 15.0″ E 050° 38′ 01.0″
Decimal N 26.270834° E 50.633610°

Elevation: 2 m/6 ft

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Name Changes

Bahrain Airport 1932 – 1994
Bahrain International Airport 1994 – Present

Narrative Summary

This page covers the public/civilian side of the airfield – the military base known as Muharraq Airfield is described separately.

Bahrain International Airport is located on Muharraq Island, to the north of the capital Manama. The Airport has been a stopping-off point for air travellers since the 1920s, and became a key staging point in the Imperial Air Route between Britain and India. The first recorded Imperial Airways flight occurred in August 1927. By 1936 the service through Bahrain was twice weekly, but in 1937 the route was taken over by flying boats landing at Mina Sulman. In 1950 BOAC resumed commercial landplane services. In 1954 a new Flight Information Region based on Bahrain was established. Soon after this, the first jet aircraft began making stops. The airport has been expanded and updated repeatedly to keep pace wih the massive boom in air traffic since the 1960s, and it is now one of the busiest airports in the Middle East, capable of handling 10 million passengers a year. It was used as the initial base for the fixed wing aircraft operated by the Bahrain Amiri Air Force until Shaikh Isa AB opened.

Key Dates

August 1927    First recorded commercial flight
1942    Control handed to USAAF
1945    RAF takes over control
1950    Civil passenger services resume
1961    New passenger terminal opened
1976    Concorde flights from London begin
1994    New terminal building opened


Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
12L/30R 3956 12979 60 197 Paved
12R/30L 2530 8302 45 148 Paved


The following organisations are, or were, permanently based at this location:

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
Air Wing BDF 1976 1987 Various
Helicopter Wing BAAF 1987 1994 Various

Based Civilian Operators

Operator Arrived Departed Activity
Gulf Air 1950 Current Scheduled pax services
Bahrain Air 2007 Current Scheduled pax services
Bahrain Amiri Royal Flight 1981 2010 VIP Transport

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information


‘The Story of Aviation in the Kingdom of Bahrain’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]


Feature articles to be added.


Bahrain Airport

wikipedia: Bahrain International Airport

Pilot Information

Disclaimer: Information is provided on this page for historical purposes only, and not for aerial navigation.

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