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Bahrain International Airport

Bahrain International Airport
Airport information
 Location of airport in Bahrain
Airport typePublic
OperatorBahrain Airport Company
LocationAl Muharraq
Elevation2 m (6 ft)
Cargo (tons)329938
Aircraft movements106356

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Bahrain International Airport ( ) is an international airport located in Muharraq, an island on the northern tip of Bahrain, about 7 km (4 miles) northeast of the capital Manama. It is the primary hub for Gulf Air and Bahrain Air.

A BD113m ($300 million) expansion and refurbishment program was launched in the third quarter of 2006 which will see the creation of a new multi-storey car park and retail complex adjacent to the main terminal building. The expansion also includes a full resurfacing of the main runway, a new perimeter fence, state-of-the-art security systems and additional aircraft parking bays. Runway 12R/30L is mostly used as a taxiway.

A significant portion of passengers served by the airport are Saudis and Western expats working in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Designated bus and limousine services move passengers from Dammam, Khobar and other Saudi cities to Bahrain Airport. Many passengers from the Eastern Province choose not to use the mainland King Fahd International Airport. This is largely because it is economical for some airlines to operate only from Bahrain, giving more flight options to passengers from Bahrain Airport and the convenience provided by the King Fahd Causeway.

The airport has a three star rating from Skytrax's airport grading exercise. In 2010, Bahrain Airport was named as the winner of the Best Airport in the Middle East Award at the Skytrax 2010 World Airport Awards.

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