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 a public airport located in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Officially opened in the mid-1970s, DAM is Syria's busiest international airport. In 2010, an estimated 5.5 million passengers used the airport, an increase of more than 50% since 2004.
Syrian civil war
Several airlines such as Emirates and Egypt Air with regular service to Damascus have canceled 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. Only Syrian Air and Cham Wings Airlines continues to offer regularly scheduled service from this airport.
The airport features two duty-free outlets. The largest of these, operated by Syrian company Ramak. The departures hall also includes an in-house coffee shop, several souvenir shops, three restaurants, and a business/first-class lounge.
Airline and destinations
As of 2015, Syrian Air is the only civilian airline flying out of Damascus.
Transport to central Damascus is offered by a taxi company. A private bus company also offers service between the airport and Baramkeh in central Damascus. Since the civil war, 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.
- Map from Multimap