Bahrain International Airport Reviews
Let’s move to the Middle East and find out more about the “Two Seas”. Two seas is actually the meaning of the word “Bahrain”. What is it like to travel with a nation that comprises more than 30 islands in the Persian Gulf? Did you know that their flag used to be ranked by Guinness World Records in 2004 as the largest flag in the world? Just so you know, Bahrain is the home of the US Fifth Fleet, which operates out of Navcent Bahrain in Juffair. Co-operation between the kingdom and the US has historically been strong and Bahraini pilots flew strikes in Iraq during the first Gulf War in 1991.
If Bahrain had acquired this much recognition worldwide, it might be that their international airport is globally competitive too. Let us see…
Bahrain International Airport Reviews of Travellers
As we had written before, the Gulf Air Reviews show that the airline had a total score of 5/10 according to Skytrax. That doesn’t change the fact that its main hub had also gathered the same rating online. After reading through the passenger reviews, I was enlightened to why the airport had received such a rating. Travelers considered BAH as appalling since their staff was unprofessional and not well trained. Some reviewers noticed that their co-passengers are lost on their way to their designated gates and elderly passengers are not assisted. They even will end their review not recommending the airport or avoid the airport in the future.
Bahrain International Airport has similar facilities as to other major international airports such as restaurants, restrooms, VIP lounge, business center, currency exchange, banking services, travel agents, baby care facility, flight enquiry, mail service and duty free shopping. To help you to find out more about their facilities, here:
For cash necessities, ATM and cash machines are found throughout the airport, including currency exchange which are located on the landside and airside, operating 24 hours. First-aid facilities are available throughout the airport and there is a pharmacy on the first floor. A Muslim prayer room is also located on site. There is a help desk located in the main arrivals concourse, after the customs area.
There are only two shops at the airport: Bahrain Duty Free and Al Hilal Bookshop. However, BAH is generous with food establishments. To get the full list and location, click the link below:
To stay connected, Bahrain International Airport has FREE WiFi, which is only accessible in the lounges.
From the airport, car rental desks are located in the public area of the arrivals concourse on the ground floor. Here is the list of car services companies: Avis, Al Kobaisi, Budget, Gulf Car Hire, Europcar, Hertz, Montreal, National, Oscar, U Drive, Sixt and Hanco.
Taxis are also available in the ground transportation area. Please be reminded that all taxis are metered and reservations are not allowed.
If you are driving to the airport from Manama, take King Fahd Causeway, which falls directly into the main Manama-Bahrain International Airport Highway. It is a 15 km long road where travelling will be at least 25 minutes long.
Location – Traffic – Service
The island where the airport is located about 7 km (4.3 mi) northeast of the capital Manama. BAH is the main hub for the flag carrier of Bahrain, Gulf Air. BAH caters domestic and international routes and to 15 nonstop destinations: Dubai, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Kuwait, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Turkey, London, India, Jordan, Egypt, Iran and Germany. The airport has 2 terminals and 2 runways.
Statistics show that Bahrain International Airport had accommodated 8.5 million passengers in 2015, compared to 8.1 million passengers in 2014.
To learn more about the pre-travelling requirements and documents or services of the airport, click here to visit their official site.
Past and Present: Bahrain International Airport started with a Handley Page H.P.42 named “Hannibal” in 1932. The aircraft has regularly scheduled service from London to Delhi carrying 24 passengers at a speed of 100 miles per hour. During World War II, the United States had used the airport as their “Station #13”which was later on acquired by Gulf Air. However, a small portion continues to be utilized by the U.S. Navy as Aviation Support Unit (ASU) Bahrain.
Future: There was a development plan or master plan made in 2013 to increase the capacity of the airport to 15 million in the same year. But now, the prime minister of Bahrain has a new $815 million expansion plan that includes a new terminal, 24 air bridges, new lounges and airport ‘aprons’, where planes are parked, unloaded and refuelled. This will target a capacity of 17 million passengers annually. They had estimated this to be finished by the first quarter of 2019.
Skytrax’s World Airport Awards 2015:
- 5th from Best Airports 5-10 million passengers annually
- 4th from Best Airports in Middle East
- 3rd from Best Airport Staff in Middle East
- 1st with Best Airport Hotels in the Middle East
- and just so you know, they are ranked as 46th from World’s Top 100 Airports
- Airport Code: BAH
- Phone Number: +973 3602 6125
- Website URL: www.bahrainairport.com
- Address: P.O Box 586, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa said “imminently” on their development plan, does it mean it’s still tentative or like the movies: “Coming Soon”? I think BAH needs to make this happen as soon as possible for the airport is not in a good standing based on several Bahrain International Airport reviews. On a positive note, at least they are aware of the problem and they are actually doing something about it.