Bassel Al-Assad International Airport

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Latakia Bassel Al-Assad International Airport
مطار الشهيد باسل الأسد الدولي
Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 passes a Syrianair Airbus A320 at Latakia.jpg


LTK is located in Syria
Location of airport in Syria
Airport type Public / Military
Serves Latakia, Syria
Elevation AMSL 157 ft / 48 m
Coordinates 35°24′03″N 035°56′55″E / 35.40083°N 35.94861°E / 35.40083; 35.94861
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 2,797 9,175 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Bassel al-Assad International Airport (Arabic: مطار باسل الأسد الدولي‎) (IATA: LTKICAO: OSLK) is an airport serving Latakia,[1] the principal port city of Syria. The airport is named for Bassel al-Assad (1962–1994), son of the late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and brother of the current President Bashar al-Assad.


The airport resides at an elevation of 157 ft (48 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 17/35 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,797 m × 45 m (9,177 ft × 148 ft).[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Destinations as of June 2015

Airlines Destinations
Autolux Kiev-Boryspil[3]
Fly Damas Damascus[4]
Syrian Air[5] Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Damascus, Dubai, Jeddah, Kamishly, Kuwait, Moscow-Vnukovo,[6] Riyadh, Sharjah
UM Airlines Kiev-Boryspil

Military use[edit]

Main article: Khmeimim Air Base

Adjacent to the civilian airport is the Khmeimim Air Base, the principal airbase by the Russian Air Force to conduct its air campaign in Syria since 30 September 2015. Among the Russian servicemen posted, there are currently (early October 2015) around 600 members of the Russian Naval Infantry, whose role is to help provide security for the airbase.[7]

Two Sukhoi Su-25s at Bassel Al-Assad International Airport in Latakia during the intervention


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for OSLK from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  2. ^ Airport information for LTK at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ Ukrainian airplane takes first flight to Syria among European airways after years of suspension
  4. ^
  5. ^ Syrianair Flights June 2015
  6. ^ "Seasonal Timetable". Vnukovo International Airport, JSC. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Myers, Steven Lee; Schmitt, Eric (14 October 2015). "Russian Military Uses Syria as Proving Ground, and West Takes Notice". The New York Times (Online). Retrieved 15 October 2015. 

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