Bahrain (BIH) Airport

Bahrain BIH Airport Overview

Bahrain International Airport BAH (also referred to as 'Manama Airport') serves the Kingdom of Bahrain and its capital city Manama, is  the dominant hub airport in the Middle East - managed by Bahrain Airport Company. Its strategic location in the northern region of the Persian Gulf - between major markets of Saudi Arabia and Iran - enables it to offer a high range and frequency of regional air services with convenient connections to major international destinations in Europe, Asia , Africa , the Far East and Australia.

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.

Note:
(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:  Phased work started early 2015 in preparation of constructing 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. 


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