Baghdad Airport – Gateway to Iraq
The Baghdad International Airport, formerly known as Saddam International Airport is the largest and most important airport in Iraq. Located in the capital of Iraq, Baghdad, the airport is hub for Iraqi Airways and Al-Naser Airlines. It is a joint civil as well as military airport that is operated by the Iraqi Government and is at an elevation of 35 meters above mean sea level. The Baghdad International Airport is at a distance of 16 km from the city center. The airport houses New Al Muthana Air Base, the military base located at a separate enclave at the airport and is home to a number of Sukhoi Su-25's. At present the airport has 2 concrete runways measuring 3,301 meters and 4,000 meters each and has 3 terminals with an annual capacity to handle 15 million passengers.
The present airport was constructed in the year 1979 under a consortium led by French company, Spie Batignolles. However, the inauguration was delayed till 1987 due to the Iran-Iraq war. The airport was then christened as Saddam International Airport, after the country’s president Saddam Hussain. In the year 1991 UN imposed restrictions on Iraq, thus all international civil operations were suspended and only domestic flights operated from the airport for airport. After the US Invasion of Baghdad in 2003, the airport's name was changed to the current name and the control of the airport was handed over to the Iraqi Government in 2004. Since Then the airport has been expanded and renovated regularly. The facilities have been restored at the airport with Turkish assistance. The airport underwent major renovations in 2010 and once it was completed the airport had 3 terminals with three active gate areas for carriers and the capacity to manage 15 million passengers in a year.
Currently direct passenger flights are operated by Air Arabia, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Iraqi Airways, Mahan Air, Meraj Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Nile Air, Watar Airways, Qeshm Airline, Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines and ZAgros AIrlines. While Blue Air operates seasonal flights from the airport, Click Airways, Coyne Airways, SNAS/DHL, Etihad Cargo, FitsAir, RUS Aviation and Silk Way Airlines operate cargo airlines to and from the Baghdad International Airport.
The airport is the major gateway to Iraq and though it offers good facilities and services to its passengers, it has still not received any awards, till date.
Route and Destinations
At present, London, Frankfurt, Kuwait, Vienna, Amman, Sharjah, Cairo, Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Tehran, Najaf, Beirut, Istanbul, Isfahan, Doha and Delhi are some of the major international destinations directly connected to Baghdad International Airport.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
Some of the airline operating from the Baghdad Airport offer options of web check-in and airport check-in option. The option of web check-in can be availed 24 hours prior to departure and allows the passengers to print their boarding pass to avoid the queue at the airport. This is the most convenient way to check-in. For airport check-in, passengers need to carry all their travel and identity related documents at the airport and report within the given time. Please note that airport check-in time may vary from one airline to the other; but generally counters open 2 hours prior to departure of international flight and 1 hour before schedule departure of domestic flights.
The number of bags and the limit of baggage in terms of weight are predetermined by the airline you are travelling with. Since this limit may vary from one airline to the other; makes sure you speak to the airline to know the details of what to carry and restriction items to avoid any confusion at airport. As a usual practice, passengers are allowed to check-in between 20 kg to 32 kg and carry 5 kg to 12 kg as cabin luggage. This is just an indicative limit and may change depending upon the class of travel and the destinations you are travelling to. Charges will be levied in case of excess baggage and can be paid at the airport.
Pre selection of seat is available with some of the airline companies operating to and from the Baghdad International Airport. Generally this is a chargeable service which can be availed during the online check-in process. At the airport, airlines do not guarantee the seat of the passengers’ choice as they are subject to availability.
To know in details about the booking charges, modification of flights cancellation charges, please contact the airline directly and the policy followed by one airline might differ from the other. At present, online booking is the most convenient way to confirm a seat on the airline. Tickets can also be purchased from the airport, from the authorized travel agents and from the office of the airline in your city.