Damascus International Airport

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Damascus International Airport

مطار دمشق الدولي
Damascus - International (DAM - OSDI) AN2190526.jpg
Summary
Airport typeJoint
(Civil and Military air base)
OperatorDirectorate General of Civil Aviation
ServesDamascus, Syria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL2,020 ft / 616 m
Coordinates33°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
Websitedamascus-airport.com
Map
DAM is located in Syria
DAM
DAM
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05R/23L 11,811 3,600 Asphalt
05L/23R 11,804 3,598 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers5,500,000

Damascus International Airport (Arabic: مطار دمشق الدولي‎, romanizedMaṭār Dimašq ad-Dawaliyy) (IATA: DAM, ICAO: OSDI) is the international airport of Damascus, the capital of Syria. Inaugurated in the mid-1970s, it also was the country's 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 most international airlines have ceased flights. Several airlines such as Emirates and EgyptAir 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.[2]

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.

The southern part of the airport has hardened aircraft shelters and artillery revetments.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Cham Wings Airlines[4] Baghdad, Basra, Beirut, Benghazi, Erbil, Khartoum, Kuwait, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Muscat, Najaf, Qamishli, Sharjah, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Yerevan
Fly Baghdad[5] Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Najaf
Mahan Air[6] Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Syrian Air[7] Abu Dhabi, Algiers, Amman–Queen Alia, Baghdad, Bahrain, Cairo, Doha, Dubai–International, Khartoum, Kuwait, Moscow–Vnukovo, Najaf, Sharjah, Tehran–Imam Khomeini

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]

  1. ^ "The Report: Syria 2010" Archived 29 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ "Damascus under siege". Salon. 11 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Strike at Damascus Airport: Israel Shows How it's Done".
  4. ^ chamwings.com - Our destinations retrieved 27 January 2021
  5. ^ flybaghdad.net retrieved 27 January 2021
  6. ^ Mahan Air Damascus service data from Flight Radar
  7. ^ syrianair.com retrieved 27 January 2021

External links[edit]

Media related to Damascus International Airport at Wikimedia Commons