Damascus International Airport
|Damascus International Airport
مطار دمشق الدولي
|Airport type||Joint (Civil and Military)|
|Operator||Directorate General of Civil Aviation|
|Elevation AMSL||2,020 ft / 616 m|
Damascus International Airport (Arabic, مطار دمشق الدولي) (IATA: DAM, ICAO: OSDI) is the international airport of Damascus, the capital of Syria. Inaugurated in the mid-1970s, it also is the countrys busiest airport. In 2010, an estimated 5.5 million passengers used the airport, an increase of more than 50% since 2004.
Since the onset of the Syrian Civil War, the airport and the road leading to it have been closed intermittently, and all international airlines have ceased flights. Several airlines such as Emirates and Egypt Air with former regular service to Damascus have cancelled their flights to Damascus. British Airways stopped flying to Damascus in May 2012 as well, while Royal Jordanian stopped in July 2012. In November and December 2012, intense fighting was reported around the airport, prompting a two-day closure.
The airport features two duty-free outlets. The departures hall also includes an in-house coffee shop, several souvenir shops, three restaurants, and a lounge for first and business class passengers.
Airline and destinations
Due to the limitations of the civil war, it remains unclear if any Syrian airline still operates out of Damascus as of March 2015. However, all foreign airlines left the airport back in 2012.
Since the civil war, public ground transports have been indefinitely suspended from service.
Accidents and incidents
- On 24 April 1954, SNCASE Languedoc SU-AHZ of Misr Air was written off when the starboard undercarriage collapsed on landing.
- On 10 November 1970, a Douglas DC-3 of Saudia on a flight from Amman Civil Airport, Jordan to King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh Saudi Arabia was hijacked and diverted to Damascus Airport.
- On 20 August 1975, ČSA Flight 540, crashed while on approach to Damascus International Airport. Out of the 128 passengers and crew on board, there were only two survivors.
- "The Report: Syria 2010",
- "SU-AHZ Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
- "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
Media related to Damascus International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Accident history for DAM at Aviation Safety Network
- Airport information for OSDI at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Current weather for OSDI at NOAA/NWS
- Airport information for OSDI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
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