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Damascus International Airport

Damascus International Airport
مطار دمشق الدولي
Matar Damsyik ad-Dowaly
ICAO: OSDI
DAM is located in Syria
DAM
DAM
Location of airport in Syria
Summary
Airport type Joint (Civil and Military)
Operator Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Serves Damascus
Location Damascus, Syria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 2,020 ft / 616 m
Coordinates
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
05R/23L 11,811 3,600 Asphalt
05L/23R 11,804 3,598 Asphalt
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 5,500,000

Damascus International Airport (ICAO: OSDI) is a public airport located in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Officially opened in the mid-1970s, DAM is Syria's busiest international airport. In 2010, an estimated 5.5 million passengers used the airport, an increase of more than 50% since 2004.[1]

Since the onset of the Syrian civil war, the airport and the road leading to it have been closed intermittently, and all international airlines have ceased flights.[2]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Syrian civil war 1.1
  • Facilities 2
  • Airline and destinations 3
  • Ground transport 4
  • Accidents and incidents 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Aerial view of DAM

Syrian civil war

Several airlines such as Emirates and Egypt Air with regular service to Damascus have canceled 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.[3] Only Syrian Air continues to offer regularly scheduled service from this airport.

Facilities

The airport features two duty-free outlets. The largest of these, operated by Syrian company Ramak. The departures hall also includes an in-house coffee shop, several souvenir shops, three restaurants, and a business/first-class lounge.

Airline and destinations

Ground transport

Transport to central Damascus is offered by a taxi company. A private bus company also offers service between the airport and Baramkeh in central Damascus.

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ "The Report: Syria 2010",
  2. ^ http://www.salon.com/2012/12/11/damascus_under_siege/
  3. ^ http://www.salon.com/2012/12/11/damascus_under_siege/
  4. ^ "SU-AHZ Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hijacking description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Accident history for DAM at Aviation Safety Network
  • Airport information for OSDI at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  • Current weather for OSDI at NOAA/NWS
  • Airport information for OSDI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  • Map from Multimap
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