Bahrain International Airport

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: Civil Aviation Affairs, PO Box 536, Manama

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator
Station #13 USAAF

Location

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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History

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

Runways

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

Residents

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

Books

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

Magazines

Feature articles to be added.

Websites

Bahrain Airport

GlobalSecurity.org

wikipedia: Bahrain International Airport

Pilot Information

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

Bristol Airport (2)

Airfield Profile

Ownership

Operator: South West Airports Ltd

Operator’s Identity Codes:

Code Operator
LP RAF

Location

Country Region Sub-Region
United Kingdom South West England Somerset

Address: Bristol Airport, Bristol, BS48 3DY, United Kingdom

Nearest Town/City: Bristol – airport is 7 miles (12 km) southwest.

  Latitude Longitude
Deg. Min. Sec. N 51°22’58” W 002°43’09”
Decimal N 51.382669 W 002.719089

Elevation: 190 m/622 ft

Google map to be added.

History

Name Changes

Lulsgate Bottom RLG 1940-1941
RAF Broadfield Down (not used)
RAF Lulsgate Bottom 1942-1957
Bristol Airport 1957-Mar 1997
Bristol International Airport Mar 1997-Mar 2010
Bristol Airport Mar 2010-Present

Narrative Summary

History to be added. RAF Station Code: LP.

More history to be added.

Key Dates

Sept 1940    Land acquired for possible airfield use
26 Sept 1940    Relief Landing Group established near Lulsgate Bottom
10 June 1941    Use as RLG ends
11 June 1941    Work starts on constructing airfield buildings
2 July 1941    Construction of main runway begins
24 July 1941    Luftwaffe Ju 88 lands by mistake
15 Jan 1942    RAF Lulsgate Bottom officially opened
24 Jan 1942    First flying unit arrives
Mar 1942    Airfield facilities completed
1 June 1942    Airfield passed from 10 Group to 23 Group
15 Sept 1945    Battle of Britain air display
8 May 1946    Airfield reduced to Care & Maintenance
1946    Bristol Gliding Club starts using the site
1955    Airfield sold to Bristol Corporation
1955    Construction of airport facilities started
1956    Bristol Gliding Club moves out
1 May 1957    Bristol-Lulsgate Airport officially opened
1963    Runway extended to 7,500 ft
Mar 2000    New larger passenger terminal opened

Runways

Direction Length Width Surface
Metres (m) Feet (ft) Metres (m) Feet (ft)
09/27 2011 6598 46 151 Paved

Residents

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

Based Military Units

Unit Operator Arrived Departed Activity
286 Sqn RAF 24 Jan 1942 26 May 1942 Target Facilities
No.3 Det. 116 Sqn RAF 26 Jan 1942 1 Mar 1942 Target Facilities
3 (P)AFU RAF Jun 1942 27 Sept 1943 Pilot Training
1540 BATF RAF 26 May 1942 6 Feb 1945 Pilot Training
3 FIS(A) RAF Sept 1943 18 Jul 1945 QFI Training
OTU Flt. 7 FIS(A) RAF Feb 1945 7 May 1946 QFI Training

Based Civilian Operators

Operator Arrived Departed Activity
Bristol & Wessex Aeroplane Club 1957 19?? Private flying

Photo Gallery

To be added.

More Information

Books

‘Somerset Airfields in the Second World’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]

‘The Military Airfields of Britain: South-Western England’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]

‘Action Stations Revisited Volume 4 South West England’ [Order this book from Amazon UK]

History of R.A.F.Lulsgate Bottom by Ian James (Redclifffe Press)

Magazines

Feature articles

Websites

Bristol International

wikipedia: Bristol International Airport

Lulsgate – Bristol Airport

Bristol International Airport Enthusiasts Web Site

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

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Location Name ICAO IATA Usage Status
A
Aberdeen Aberdeen Airport EGDP ABZ public active
Abingdon RAF Abingdon EGUD ABB military closed
Alconbury RAF Alconbury EQWZ military closed
Aldermaston RAF Aldermaston military closed
B
Ballykelly RAF Ballykelly EGQB military closed
Bristol-Lulsgate Bristol Airport (2) EGGD BRS public active
Bristol-Whitchurch Bristol Airport (1) public closed
Brize Norton RAF Brize Norton EGVN military active
C
Castle Donnington East Midlands Airport EGNX EMA public active
K
Kemble Cotswold Airport EGBP private active
W
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare Airport EGFI public closed