Bahrain (BIA) Airport
Bahrain BIA Airport Overview
BAH Airport is located on Muharraq Island (on the West coast of the Persian Gulf), only 7 km northeast of Manama.
With two long runways and an estimated average passenger count 5M, Bahrain International Airport is hub for Gulf Air and Bahrain Air, and is served by a multitude of international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe. Gulf Air, however, accounts for more than half of all flights.
A large portion of the Airport's passengers consists of Saudis & Western expatriats who work in the western province of Saudi Arabia, and who use designated buses & limos running along the King Fahd Causeway to/from the Airport.
(a) The Airport charges a departure fee of BD5 per passenger.
(b) To obtain a Visa entering Bahrain, visit the government's immigration site at evisa.gov.bh.
(c) While passenger counts decreased between 2012 & 2013 by 1.4M passengers - the first half of 2014 counted 4.6M passengers, and by year-end 2014 expected to reach 8M.
The five-star on-airport hotel Movenpick (tel. +972 175 80000) is located opposite the Airport.
Bahrain International Airport has one passenger terminal.
Present & future Airport developments: In early Nov. 2014 long-term carpark C was closed in prepartion of the Airport Modernization Program (AMP). As part of phase 1of AMP, all seven air bridges are now in place, and 14 new X-Ray machines were recently added.
Part of AMP, phased work started early 2015 in preparation of construcing a new passenger terminal and involves relocation of underground utlities, to be completed November 2015. While some other airport projects will be ongoing until 2016 - as of May 2015 construction on the new terminal will be ongoing along with other non-terminal-related 'enabling' projects).
The new & state-of-the-art passenger terminal - tentatively scheduled to be completed by 2019 - is to be four times the size of the current terminal, with an area of of 2M sq.feet and able to accommodate up to 14M passengers annually.