Bahrein Marine Airport

Airfield Profile

Key Facts

Name: Bahrein Marine Airport
Alternate Name:  
Location: Bahrein Marine
ICAO Code: n/a
IATA Code: n/a
Usage: Civil
Category: Seaplane Base
Start: 1937


Operator: Imperial Airways/BOAC, United Kingdom.

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator
n/a Imperial Airways


Country Region Sub-Region
Bahrain Capital Governorate Manama

Address: Al Manamah, Bahrain.

Nearest Town/City: Manama – water runway is 1 mile (1.6 km) east.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 26° 14′ 15.7″ E 050° 36′ 37.1″
Decimal N 26.2377° E 50.6103°

Elevation: 0 m/0 ft

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Name Changes

Bahrein Marine Airport 1937 – 195?

Narrative Summary

From 1937 onwards Imperial Airways operated flying boats on its passenger routes to Southern Africa, the Middle East and India. Many of these aircraft used Bahrain as a convenient stopping off point on their long journey. The flying boats landed in the stretch of water off the main docks and passengers were then transported by boat to the shore for an overnight stay in one of Bahrain’s hotels. The next morning passengers were checked in at the Bahrain Marine Airport terminal building before being ferried out to the aircraft to resume their journey.

Passenger flights were suspended during World War Two, but in the postwar period BOAC – the successor to Imperial Airways – restarted flying boat operations. These continued using Bahrain until the 1950s, when landplanes made the continuation of water-based operations uneconomic.

Key Dates

1937    First flying boat operations
195?    Last flying boat departure


The runway was a stretch of water between where today the Marina Club is located and Mina Sulman.


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

Based Military Units

Not applicable.

Based Civilian Operators

Not applicable – Imperial Airways/BOAC aircraft were not permanently based here.

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.


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