Damascus International Airport

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Damascus International Airport
مطار دمشق الدولي
Damascus - International (DAM - OSDI) AN2190526.jpg

IATA: DAMICAO: OSDI

DAM is located in Syria
DAM
DAM
Location of airport in Syria
Summary
Airport type Joint (Civil and Military)
Operator Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Serves Damascus, Syria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 2,020 ft / 616 m
Coordinates 33°24′41.48″N 36°30′56.01″E / 33.4115222°N 36.5155583°E / 33.4115222; 36.5155583Coordinates: 33°24′41.48″N 36°30′56.01″E / 33.4115222°N 36.5155583°E / 33.4115222; 36.5155583
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05R/23L 11,811 3,600 Asphalt
05L/23R 11,804 3,598 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 5,500,000

Damascus International Airport (Arabic, مطار دمشق الدولي) (IATA: DAMICAO: 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.[1]

History[edit]

Aerial view of DAM

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.[2] 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.[3]

Facilities[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Ground transportation[edit]

Since the civil war, public ground transports have been indefinitely suspended from service.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Damascus International Airport at Wikimedia Commons