Damascus International Airport
Damascus International Airport (Arabic: مطار دمشق الدولي) (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.
Damascus International Airport
مطار دمشق الدولي
|Airport type||Joint (Civil and Military air base)|
|Operator||Directorate General of Civil Aviation|
|Elevation AMSL||2,020 ft / 616 m|
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.
Recently, some airlines have begun flights to Damascus after the security situation improved.
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.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
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International airlines formerly serving DamascusEdit
Foreign carriers have pulled back their presence due to political instability during the Syrian Civil War. Most of the airlines have terminated their operations in 2012.
- Aeroflot – Flights to Moscow-Sheremetyevo suspended on August 2012
- Air Algérie
- Air Arabia
- Air France
- Austrian Airlines
- British Airways (operated by British Midland International) – Flights to London–Heathrow suspended on May 2012
- Caspian Airlines
- Conviasa – Flights to Caracas suspended on July 2012
- EgyptAir – Flights to Cairo suspended on November 2012
- Emirates – Flights to Dubai–International suspended on November 2012
- Etihad Airways
- Gulf Air
- Iran Aseman Airlines
- Iran Air
- Iraqi Airways
- Jazeera Airways
- Jordan Aviation
- Kish Air
- Kuwait Airways
- LOT Polish Airlines (seasonal)
- Libyan Airlines
- Mahan Air
- Qatar Airways – Flights to Doha suspended
- Royal Jordanian
- Saudia – Flights to Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam suspended on February 2012
- Sudan Airways
- Taban Air
- Turkish Airlines – Flights to Istanbul–Attatürk suspended on October 2012
- UM Airlines
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- On 24 April 1954, SNCASE Languedoc SU-AHZ of Misr Air was written off when the starboard undercarriage collapsed on landing.
- On 10 November 1970, a Douglas DC-3 of Saudia on a flight from Amman Civil Airport, Jordan to King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh Saudi Arabia was hijacked and diverted to Damascus Airport.
- 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.
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- "Destination". www.syriaair.com.
- "SU-AHZ Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
- "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
Media related to Damascus International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Accident history for DAM at Aviation Safety Network
- Airport information for OSDI at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
- Current weather for OSDI at NOAA/NWS
- Airport information for OSDI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
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