Bahrain (BAH) Airport
Bahrain BAH Airport Overview
As of first quarter 2016 Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) - the airport manager - relocates its headquarters to the Aviation Compound opposite of the
BIA 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 increasing passenger count, 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.
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: Air service will start, as of late November 2015, to the Middle East & Africa.
The five-star on-airport hotel Movenpick (tel. +972 175 80000) is located opposite the Airport.
Bahrain International Airport has one passenger terminal.
The Arrivals level houses the baggage claim and Security check, with acess to the public area with currency exchange, medical staton, information counter, prayer room and outside taxi stands.
Level 1 of Departures, housing check-in facilities (Business & First-class check-in is to the left), with three separate security checks, currency exchange, medical station, 3 information counters and access after passport check to the boarding gate area, which offers designated WiFi stations.
To the west of the center are airline gates 14 - 11A - near gate 12B is a pharmacy and duty-free shops.
To the east of the center are airline gates 15-17A - with access to gates 36-31. Food & drink is available at check-in and at post-security areas.
Level 2 of Departures houses 2 restaurants; and at east end the lounges reached by elevator: the Gulf Air Lounge (for Gold & Siler Falcon Flyer members), the Marhaba Lounge & the full-service Dilmun Lounge
Present & future Airport developments:
- Work is currently ongoing on the installation of new wall & column laminates, a new area for boutiques & showcases, LCDs, new blind screens & new extended ceiling with new light fixtures. Completion of the project in the Arrivals Concourse is scheduled for early May 2016, and in the Customs area for late June 2016.
- Construction on the new & state-of-the-art passenger terminal to encompass an area of of 2M sq.feet and include a state-of-the-art baggage handling system is tentatively scheduled for completion in 2019, when Airport capacity will rise from 4M to 14M passengers annually. Other parts of the project include a main service building, multi-level garage, along with infrastructure works at air- & land-side.