Riffa Air Base

Airfield Profile

Key Facts

Name: Riffa Air Base
Alternate Name:  
Location: Riffa
ICAO Code: none
IATA Code: none
Usage: Military
Category: Heliport


Operator: Royal Bahraini Air Force, Air Operations Centre, PO Box 245, Bahrain.

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator
n/a RBAF


Country Region Sub-Region
Bahrain Southern Governorate Riffa

Address: Riffa Air Base, Al Muaskar Highway, East Riffa, Bahrain.

Nearest Town/City: Isa Town – airfield is 2.5 miles (4 km) due south.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 26° 06′ 33″ E 050° 34′ 44″
Decimal N 26.109167° E 50.578889°

Elevation: 35 m/115 ft

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Name Changes

Riffa Air Base 1994 – Present

Narrative Summary

Riffa (also reported as Rifa’a) Air Base is the home base of the Air Force and Navy’s helicopter units. It is located directly to the south of Isa Town, one of the main cities on Bahrain island. It was originally built in 19??.

Key Dates

199?    Airfield construction begins
1994    Airfield officially opened


Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
13/31 ? ? ? ? Paved

Helipads for more than 20 helicopters are also available.


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

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
Helicopter Wing RBAF 1994 Current Various
5 Sqn RBN 1994 Current Various

Based Civilian Operators

Not applicable.

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.


None known.

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

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