Bassel Al-Assad International Airport
|Latakia Bassel Al-Assad International Airport
مطار باسل الأسد الدولي
|IATA: LTK – ICAO: OSLK|
|Airport type||Public / Military|
|Elevation AMSL||157 ft / 48 m|
Bassel al-Assad International Airport (Arabic: مطار باسل الأسد الدولي) (IATA: LTK, ICAO: OSLK) is an airport serving Latakia, 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.
Airlines and destinations
Destinations as of June 2015
|Syrian Air||Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Damascus, Dubai, Jeddah, Kamishly, Kuwait, Moscow–Vnukovo, Riyadh, Sharjah|
Adjacent to the civilian airport buildings is the Russian Khmeimim airbase, the principal Russian airbase being used in the air campaign in Syria since 30 September 2015. The name of the air base Хмеймим has been also transliterated as Hemeimeem Air Base and Hmeymin airbase.  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.
Russian military activity at Latakia Airport had been disclosed by American intelligence officials by early September 2015. The same month, U.S. officials expressed concern about the Russian activities there.
The base, operative since 30 September 2015, can handle Antonov An-124 and Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft. It has parking locations[clarification needed] for more than 50 military aircraft including Su-24s, Su-25s, and Su-34s. In addition, the base is home to T-90 tanks, BTR-82 vehicles, artillery and Mi-24 gunship helicopters and Mi-8 support choppers.
Air-conditioned accommodations were erected within a few months in 2015. Other new structures include storage facilities, field kitchens, and refueling stations. Supplies are flown in from Russia or shipped via Tartus harbor 50 km away.
Russian Sukhoi Su-25s taking off from Latakia in 2015
A Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 at Latakia
A Russian Sukhoi Su-34 at Bassel al-Assad International Airport
- Airport information for OSLK from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
- Airport information for LTK at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
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