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Not to be confused with Bagdad Airport.
Baghdad International Airport
مطار بغداد الدولي
Matar Baġdād ad-Dowaly


BGW is located in Iraq
Location of airport in Iraq
Airport type Public / Military
Operator Iraqi Government
Location Baghdad, Iraq
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 114 ft / 35 m
Coordinates 33°15′45″N 044°14′04″E / 33.26250°N 44.23444°E / 33.26250; 44.23444
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15R/33L 10,830 3,301 Concrete
15L/33R 13,124 4,000 Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Total passengers Increase 7,500,000 (estimate)
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Baghdad International Airport (IATA: BGWICAO: ORBI) (Arabic: مطار بغداد الدولي‎) [Previously Saddam International Airport (IATA: SDAICAO: ORBS)] is Iraq's largest airport, located in a suburb about 16 km (9.9 mi) west of downtown Baghdad in the Baghdad Governorate. It is the home base for Iraq's national airline, Iraqi Airways.



The present airport was developed under a consortium led by French company, Spie Batignolles, under an agreement made in 1979. The Iran/Iraq war delayed full opening of the airport until 1987. The airport at the time was opened as Saddam International Airport, bearing the name of the then-president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein.[3]


Most of Baghdad's civil flights stopped in 1991, when the United Nations imposed restrictions on Iraq after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War. Because of the no-fly zone imposed on Iraq by the United States and the United Kingdom, Iraqi Airways was only able to continue domestic flights for limited periods. Internationally, Baghdad was able to receive occasional charter flights carrying medicine, aid workers, and government officials. Royal Jordanian Airlines operated regular flights from Amman to Baghdad.


Inside view of the terminal in 2003, showing an abandoned and nonfunctional FIDS (note the red and white icon for the long-defunct East German airline Interflug in the fourth row from the bottom), in front of empty check-in desks and passport control

In April 2003, US-led forces invaded Iraq and changed the airport's name to Baghdad International Airport. The ICAO code for the airport consequently changed from ORBS to ORBI; the IATA code subsequently switched from SDA to BGW, which previously referred to all Baghdad airports and before that to Al Muthana Airport when Saddam was in power.

Civilian control of the airport was returned to the Iraqi Government in 2004.


The current entrance to Baghdad International Airport, 2007

Terminal C has been refreshed with three active gate areas for carriers operating from the airport.

Baghdad Airport Road, connecting the airport with the Green Zone, which was once a dangerous route full of IEDs, has been refurbished with palm trees, manicured lawns, and a fountain, with Turkish assistance.[4]

Military use[edit]

Within the airport there is a separate enclave called the New Al Muthana Air Base where No. 23 Squadron IqAF is based with three Lockheed C-130E Hercules transport aircraft[citation needed] and the home to a number of Sukhoi Su-25's.[5]

Sather Air Base or Camp Sather was a United States Air Force base on the west side of the airport occupied from 2003 to 2011 during the Iraq War. It was named in memory of Combat Controller Staff Sergeant Scott Sather, the first enlisted Airman to die in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sather was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his leadership of a 24th Special Tactics Squadron reconnaissance task force during the initial stages of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Airport developments[edit]

Airline service[edit]

Expansion plans[edit]

On 18 May 2010, plans were unveiled for an expansion of Baghdad International Airport, which will double its capacity to 15 million passengers per year. The expansion, to be funded by foreign investors, will include the construction of three new terminals and the refurbishment of the existing three terminals, which will each accommodate 2.5 million passengers annually.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A flying carpet sculpture on the wall at BIAP. (2011)


Airlines Destinations
Air Arabia Sharjah
AtlasGlobal Istanbul-Atatürk[8]
Blue Air Seasonal: Larnaca [9]
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai-International[10]
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi (resume 27 March 2016)
Fly Damas Damascus[11]
FlyBaghdad Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen, Tbilisi [12]
flydubai Dubai-International
Gulf Air Bahrain
Iran Air Birjand, Isfahan, Mashhad, Shiraz [13]
Iraqi Airways Amman-Queen Alia, Ankara, Baku,[14] Basra, Beijing-Capital,[15] Beirut, Cairo, Delhi, Dubai-International, Erbil, Guangzhou,[16] Isfahan, Istanbul-Atatürk, Kuala Lumpur, Kutaisi, Mashhad, Mumbai, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah, Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Yerevan[14]
Mahan Air Isfahan, Tehran-Imam Khomeini
Meraj Airlines Tehran-Imam Khomeini, Mashhad, Kermanshah
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Nile Air Cairo
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen
Qatar Airways Doha
Qeshm Airlines Isfahan
Royal Jordanian Amman-Queen Alia
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk, Istanbul-Sabiha Gökçen,[17] Antalya
UM Airlines Kiev-Boryspil
Seasonal: Kharkiv
Zagros Airlines Isfahan, Tehran-Imam Khomeini


Airlines Destinations
Click Airways Erbil, Sharjah
Coyne Airways Dubai-International
SNAS/DHL Bahrain
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi
FitsAir Dubai-International
RUS Aviation Sharjah
Silk Way Airlines Baku

Incidents and accidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for ORBI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for SDA at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
  3. ^ Technology transfer to the Middle East. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Arango, Tim (20 November 2014). "Amid Mutual Suspicion, Turkish Premier Visits Iraq". New York Times Company. New York Times. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  5. ^ AirForces Monthly. Stamford, Lincolnshire, England: Key Publishing Ltd. August 2014. p. 22. 
  6. ^ "Etihad to start flights to Iraq". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/08/25/kk-iraq-sep15/
  9. ^ https://www.blueairweb.com/destinations/flights-schedule
  10. ^ http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/08/18/425315/iraq-dubai-Emirates-Airline-Baghdad-Airbus-A330200-Sheikh-Majid-alMualla
  11. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/11/17/4j-w15/
  12. ^ http://www.flybaghdad.net/Flights.html
  13. ^ http://www.iranair.com/Portal/Home/ShowPage.aspx?Object=NEWS&CategoryID=15908aa6-3bea-4767-a6f6-d6c956fe8747&WebPartID=4faa9599-bc24-42b2-8f38-3437543bd07e&ID=44e9617d-d777-453f-ab3b-7dbaf0dcf86e
  14. ^ a b L, J (13 October 2015). "Iraqi Airways Adds New Routes to The Caucasus from Oct 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  15. ^ الخطوط الجوية العراقية. "الخطوط الجوية العراقية". Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  16. ^ "Iraqi Airways updates China Service from late-September 2014". Airlineroute.net. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  17. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2015/07/06/tk-sawbgw-w15/
  18. ^ "The opinion pollsters who dodged mortar fire and militias". BBC News. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Boeing Hit by Gunfire in Baghdad". Airliner World: 83. March 2015. 

External links[edit]

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The Times of Israel

The Times of Israel
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 18:16:26 -0700

BAGHDAD — A barrage of rockets slammed late Thursday into a former military base near the Baghdad International Airport that houses an Iranian refugee group, killing three Iraqi soldiers, officials said. The Iranian exiles said at least 20 of their ...

Middle East Monitor

Middle East Monitor
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:23:28 -0800

Ali Mutaiona told Anadolu news agency that the suspension of flights from Baghdad International Airport to Erbil and Sulaimaniya provinces relates to the safety of Iraqi airspace. “We must protect travellers on board flights departing from and coming ...

Defense One

Defense One
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 06:14:40 -0700

In Iraq, a barrage of rockets struck a camp near Baghdad International Airport “holding members of an exiled Iranian opposition group,” killing nearly two dozen people on Thursday. Reuters reports that about 15 rockets landed near the facility housing ...


The Hill
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:30:48 -0800

... whether he's working with the Iraqi government to increase security and what future actions the administration will take, including if it would be willing to provide aerial protection to the camp because of its location near the Baghdad ...

Center for Research on Globalization

Center for Research on Globalization
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 05:18:45 -0800

According to the statement, “Upon the order of the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces and after several days of confiscation, the two planes were allowed to leave Baghdad international airport with all their cargos to their bases in Kuwait ...


Toronto Star
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 06:03:45 -0800

“The inspection committee in Baghdad International Airport has found a huge number of rifles equipped with silencers, as well as light and mid-sized weapons,” Haken al-Zameli, head of the Iraqi Parliament's security and defence commission, was quoted ...
Jerusalem Post Israel News
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 19:57:42 -0700

BAGHDAD - About 15 rockets landed on Thursday near a camp next to Baghdad International Airport holding members of an exiled Iranian opposition group, an Iraqi military spokesman said, and a spokesman for the group said 23 of its members had been ...

National Journal

National Journal
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:15:00 -0800

27, 2003 file photo shows President George W. Bush, center, holding up a turkey platter for U.S. troops at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq. Bush paid a surprise Thanksgiving day visit to American troops in Baghdad, flying to Baghdad from ...

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