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 8.1M passengers in 2016, 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.
The five-star on-airport hotel Movenpick (tel. +972 175 80000) is located opposite the Airport.
Bahrain International Airport has one passenger terminal. Six self-service check-in kiosks have now beeen installed.
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.
NEW: A new Automated Flight Information Facility opened in January 2017 - with new toll-free numbers:
- within Bahrain use 80007777
- outside of Bahrain use 80114444
Present & future Airport developments: Construction on the new & state-of-the-art passenger terminal, started early 2016, is to encompass an area of of 2M sq.feet and is to include a state-of-the-art baggage handling system - tentatively scheduled for completion i2019/20, when total Airport capacity will rise from 9M 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.