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Basrah Intl Airport

Basrah International Airport
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Iraqi Government/United States Army
Serves Basra
Elevation AMSL 11 ft / 3 m
Coordinates 30°32′57″N 047°39′44″E / 30.54917°N 47.66222°E / 30.54917; 47.66222
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 13,124 4,000 Concrete

Basrah International Airport (IATA: BSR, ICAO: ORMM) is the second largest international airport in Iraq, and is located in the southern city of Basra.



The airport was built in the 1960s and then developed in the 1980s by the Iraqi Government department State Organisation for Roads and Bridges (SORB) as a gateway to the only port in Iraq. This second phase of development was completed by a joint venture comprising Strabag Bau AG of Cologne, Billfinger & Berger of Manheim both in Germany and Universale of Austria in Spring 1988. It is claimed that the airport was built only as a facility for VIPs and was only used rarely.


Renovation of the airport was supposed to proceed with the construction of a new terminal under German contract but the project prematurely ceased with the outbreak of the 1991 Gulf War. Actual development proceeded in the airport only after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Some facilities were refurbished under a contract by United States Agency for International Development. The project is broad as it includes building air traffic control towers and other navigational facilities, as well as the construction of transportation and communications facilities.

The airport was eventually reopened in June 2005. The event was marked by the traditional sheep sacrifice as an Iraqi Airways Boeing 727 jet landed from Baghdad. It was the beginning of a new domestic service in Iraq between Baghdad and Basrah. However, many of the passengers complained about the lack of basic facilities. Problems included air conditioning and toilets, as airport management is involved in repairs.

Reconstruction of the airport is still under way to improve the facilities. Iraqi Airways has already operated routes from this airport, and was its second hub.

The airport is also currently in the process of civilianisation as part of the rebuilding of the country as part of Operation Telic of the multinational force in Iraq. As such there continued to be a significant Royal Air Force presence at the airport until mid 2009 when No. 903 Expeditionary Air Wing was withdrawn and probably disbanded.

Air traffic

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Al-Naser Airlines Baghdad, Kuwait Sharjah
Gulf Air Bahrain [begins 31 October]
iraqi airways Baghdad,Erbil, Beirut, Damascus, Dubai
Jupiter Airlines Dubai
Med Airways Beirut
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia

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General Info
Country Iraq
Time UTC+3(+4DT)
Latitude 30.549069
30° 32' 56.65" N
Longitude 47.662142
047° 39' 43.71" E
Elevation 11 feet
3 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 003° E (01/06)
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Dates notified by NOTAM

TWR 118.7
OPS 132.7
GND 125.9
APP 119.4
(123.1 240.1 final)

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
14/32 13124 x 148 feet
4000 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
TACAN BAR BASRAH 020X - At Field -
VOR-DME BSR BASRAH 070X 112.3 1.9 NM 314.8

CAUTION Extv R/W acft tfc. Unctl veh on afld. Demolition act .54 NM N of afld. Acft are to select posn lgts when taxing to and fr rwy. MET will launch rdo sonde balloon1200-2359Z++ dly, til 31 Dec 2006.
FUEL Small quantites of J8 and A1 avbl by PPR only. Crews sould carry round trip fuel.
RSTD All non RAF acft are to apply for a PPR No fr BASRAH air ops 48 hr in advance ofany intended movement. Acft with an issued PPR are expected to arr within 15 min of their alloted ldg time and to start within 15 min of their alloted dep time. Acft arr outside these limits may be subj to prk delays or refusal of perms toland. Civ acft opr are to be aware that they opr entirely at their own risk as force protection measures may not be provided. Ctc details for Basrah air ops -mil network 963-4109/4110. Mobile 07801 095874. E-Mail: BASRAHAIROPS@HOTMAIL.COM. Afld mgr C 011-965-911-4553
RWY Ltd apch lgt aval.
TFC PAT All tfc pat SW of afld. F/W tfc pat alt 1500 ft AGL. Lgt acft tfc pat 1000 ft AGL.

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