Basra International Airport

Coordinates: 30°32′56.0″N 47°39′44.9″E / 30.548889°N 47.662472°E / 30.548889; 47.662472
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Basrah International Airport

مطار البصرة الدولي

Maṭār al-Baṣrah ad-Duwaliyy
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorIraqi Government
ServesBasra, Iraq
Hub forIraqi Airways
Elevation AMSL11 ft / 3 m
Coordinates30°32′56.0″N 47°39′44.9″E / 30.548889°N 47.662472°E / 30.548889; 47.662472
BSR is located in Iraq
Location of airport in Iraq
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 13,124 4,000 Concrete

Basrah International Airport (Arabic: مطار البصرة الدولي, romanizedMaṭār al-Baṣrah ad-Duwaliyy) (IATA: BSR, ICAO: ORMM) is the second largest international airport in Iraq, and is located in the southern city of Basra.



The airport was built in the 1980s and then developed in the 1980s by the Iraqi Government department State Organisation for Roads and Bridges (SORB) as a gateway to the only port in Iraq.[citation needed] It is claimed that the airport was built only as a facility for VIPs and was only used rarely.

Renovation and military use[edit]

Renovation of the airport was supposed to proceed with the construction of a new terminal under German contract but the project prematurely ceased with the outbreak of the 1991 Gulf War. Actual development proceeded in the airport only after the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. Some facilities were refurbished under a contract by United States Agency for International Development. The project is broad as it includes building air traffic control towers and other navigational facilities, as well as the construction of transportation and communications facilities.

The airport was eventually reopened in June 2004. The event was marked by the traditional sheep sacrifice[citation needed] as an Iraqi Airways Boeing 727 jet landed from Baghdad. It was the beginning of a new domestic service in Iraq between Baghdad and Basra. However, many of the passengers complained about the lack of basic facilities. Problems included air conditioning and toilets.[citation needed]

Reconstruction of the airport is still under way to improve the facilities. Iraqi Airways has already operated routes from this airport, and was its second hub.[citation needed]

Between 2003 and 2009 there was a significant Royal Air Force presence at the airport as No. 903 Expeditionary Air Wing was deployed here with a variety of fixed-wing and rotary such as:



The unit was re-deployed to Camp Bastion, Afghanistan during mid 2009.[1]

The United States Army has also deployed a number of aircraft to Basra irregularly:

The Danish Air Force also deployed some aircraft:

Ground operations[edit]

Following the American control and since 2002, SkyLink Arabia has been providing ground operations and fuel supply at the airport.[2] In 2014 Group holding services with its subsidiary Basra ground handling services company with the partnership of Iraq airways took over the ground handling operations at the airport.

During 2010 access to the airport was strictly controlled by checkpoints situated at the main Airport entrance. Navigating this was done strictly on the production of a flight reference number for outward travel. The US Government (USG), accommodated at the adjacent US Consulate, required dedicated transfer services from the Consulate to the Airport terminal. A newly established company, Personal Transition Services (PTS), was contracted by several of the USG elements to perform this service. The company started by providing services directly to and from the Airport, but quickly grew into a company that provide full life support services further to the south close to the Iraq/Kuwait border at Safwan. PTS became the first International company to have a desk inside the main Airport terminal, from where the locally employed staff were able to provide both English and Iraqi speaking services.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Cham Wings Airlines Damascus[3]
Fly BaghdadDamascus[4]
Iraqi AirwaysAmman–Queen Alia, Baghdad, Beijing–Capital,[5] Beirut, Cairo, Delhi, Dubai–International, Erbil, Istanbul, Mashhad, Sulaymaniyah
Nile AirCairo
Pegasus AirlinesIstanbul–Sabiha Gökçen[6]
Royal JordanianAmman–Queen Alia
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul

See also[edit]


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency

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  2. ^ "Home – SKA International Group". Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  3. ^ – Where we fly retrieved 9 September 2018
  4. ^ "Fly Baghdad – Low Price, More Flights".
  5. ^ "Iraqi Airways Plans Beijing May 2024 Launch". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 22 April 2024.
  6. ^ "Pegasus adds new Iraqi routes in 1Q19". routesonline. Retrieved 24 January 2019.