AD 1.1  Aerodrome / heliport availability and conditions of use

1.1.1  General conditions The conditions under which aircraft may land, be parked, housed or otherwise be dealt with at the aerodromes under the control of the administrations of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  1. The fees and charges for landing, parking or housing of aircraft, as notified, from time to time by the various administrations concerned shall be published in the AIP BAHRAIN FIR, or by NOTAM. Unless otherwise agreed in advance the administration concerned shall levy reasonable fees and charges, as determined from time to time, for services and / or supplies furnished by, or on behalf of the administration to aircraft any aerodrome under its control. Such fees and charges as referred to above shall accrue from day to day and be payable to the administration on demand.

  2. The administration shall have a lien on the aircraft, its parts and accessories, for such fees and charges as aforesaid.

  3. If payment of such fees and charges is not made to the administration within fourteen days after a letter demanding payment thereof has been sent by post to the registered owner of the aircraft, the administration shall be entitled to sell, remove destroy or otherwise dispose of the aircraft, and any of its parts and accessories, and to apply the proceeds from so doing to the payment of such fees and charges.

  4. Neither the particular administration nor any servant of agent of the government shall be liable for the loss of, or damage to, the aircraft, its parts of accessories or any property contained in the aircraft, however such loss or damage may arise, occurring whilst the aircraft is on any of the aerodromes under the control of a particular administration, or is in the course of landing or taking - off at any such aerodrome, or of being removed or dealt with elsewhere, for the purposes of AD 1.1.3 of these conditions.  Landings made other than at an international aerodrome / heliport or designated alternate aerodrome / heliport

If a landing is made elsewhere than at an international airport or a designated alternate airport the pilot - in - command shall report the landing as soon as possible to the health, customs and immigration authorities of the state in whose territory the aircraft has landed. This notification may be made through the air radio channels if this method of communication is available.

The pilot - in - command is responsible for ensuring that:

  1. If permission has not been granted to the aircraft at the previous landing, contact between other persons on the one hand and the passengers and crew on the other is avoided.

  2. That cargo, baggage and mail are not removed from the aircraft except as provided below.

  3. Any foodstuff of overseas origin, or any plant material, is not removed from the aircraft except where local food is unobtainable. All food refuse, including peelings, cores and stones of fruit, etc., must be collected and returned to the galley refuse container, the contents of which should not be removed from the aircraft except for hygiene reasons, in which case they must be destroyed by burning or deep burial.  Traffic of persons and vehicles on aerodrome Demarcation of zones

The grounds of each aerodrome are divided into two zones:

  1. A Public zone comprising the part of the aerodrome open to the public;

  2. A restricted zone comprising the rest of the aerodrome. Movement of persons Access to the restricted zone is authorized only under conditions prescribed by the special rules governing the aerodrome. The customs, police and health inspection offices and premises assigned to transit traffic are normally accessible only to passengers, to staff of public authorities and to airlines, and to authorized persons in the pursuit of their duty. The movement of persons having access to the restricted zone of the aerodrome is subject to the conditions prescribed by the air regulations and the special rules laid down by the person responsible for the management of the airport. Movement of vehicles The movement of vehicles in the restricted zone is strictly limited to vehicles driven, or used by, persons carrying a traffic permit or an official card of admittance. Ground vechicles shall use frequencies separate from those used for control of aircraft, however a vehicle operating on a maneuvering area shall operate on the appropriate aerodrome control frequency. Drivers of vehicles, of whatever type, driving within the confines of the aerodrome must respect the direction of the traffic, the traffic signs and the posted speed limits, and generally comply with the provisions of the highway code and with the instructions given by the competent authorities. Policing

Care and protection of aircraft, vehicles, equipment and goods for which the aerodrome facilities are used are not the responsibility of the state or any concessionaire, who cannot be responsible for loss or damage which is not incurred through action by them or their agents.


SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR AIRPORT USE  Conditions applicable to the landing, parking, or storage of aircraft on aerodromes under the control of Civil Aviation Affairs An authorized official from Civil Aviation Affairs may at any time order an aircraft operator either to move a parked aircraft to another position or to remove it from the airport. Failure to comply with the order, within the period specified in it, will render the operator liable to a special charge, equivalent to five times the standard parking charge, for every day or part of a day during which aircraft remains in position after the period specified in the order has expired. It is mandatory for all aircraft arriving / departing from the Kingdom of Bahrain to employ the services of the Handling Agent. BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport is a civilian airport and for reasons of safety, diversions to the airport by military aircraft shall only be permitted under the following circumstances:
  1. Diversion to the airport by military combat aircraft which are fully loaded (i.e. armed) shall not be permitted under any circumstances.

  2. Military combat aircraft not loaded (i.e. unarmed) shall be permitted to divert to the airport in cases of a declared emergency and as a matter of last resort.

  3. Procedures for diversions by non combat military aircraft remain as at present.

In all cases the preferred division airport for BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport should be BAHRAIN / ISA AIRBASE. All military fixed wing tactical aircraft will not permitted to arrive to BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport daily between the following timings: 1430 - 1630.

Enquiries should be made to:


Bahrain Airport Services (BAS)

Tel:+973 17321443 / +973 17321453

Fax:+973 18335304

Telex:8971 BASBA BN



VHF AIR / GRD: 131.900 MHZ

Call sign: BAS OPERATIONS  Carriage of explosives, arms and ammunition The carriage of explosives, arms and ammunition in aircraft arriving at, departing from, or in transit through BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport is prohibited without prior permission from the Ministry of the Interior (see GEN 1.1) The prohibition stated in AD does not apply to arms and ammunition which the State of Registry of the aircraft allows to be carried for the protection of persons on board the aircraft.  Dangerous goods

The carriage of dangerous goods in aircraft arriving at, departing from, or in transit through BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport and Bahrain sovereign Airspace shall comply fully with, or be to no less a standard than that specified in, the latest edition of:

Government Legislation, Decree or Instruction.

ICAO Annex 18 to the Convention on International Aviation

ICAO Doc 9284 - AN / 905, Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Goods by Air.

Instructions and Notices issued by the Under Secretary for Civil Aviation.

1.1.2   Use of military air bases

Kingdom of Bahrain


Use of military air bases in the Kingdom of Bahrain with other than State registered aircraft may be made solely when prior permission has been obtained.

The use of military air bases as alternate aerodromes may likewise be made solely when prior permission thereto has been obtained.

BAHRAIN / ISA AIRBASE is designated as an emergency diversion aerodrome for BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport.

A permission may at any time be withdrawn with immediate effect, should circumstances so require.

Submission of application

Application to use a military air base shall be submitted in writing well in advance of the intended flight to the Bahrain Defence Force General Headquarters.

The address is:


Bahrain Defence Force
War Operation Room
P.O. Box 245
Kingdom of Bahrain

Rules and conditions

Operations on the air base must be carried out in accordance with the rules and conditions stated below with due regard to such other conditions as may have been stipulated for each individual permission.

A flight plan shall be submitted for each flight. During operations in military airspace or at a military air base, the pilot - in - command shall closely adhere to any instruction given.

The Commander of the air base establishes the rules which are to be observed by flight crew members and passengers concerning security measures, traffic and stays at the air base.

Photographing from the air or on the ground is totally prohibited at all military bases.

Flight crew members, and ground personnel shall immediately report any violations.

Bahrain Defence Force shall not be liable for the theft, fire-, water or other damage to aircraft, their equipment, flight crew members, passengers, cargo, etc. caused by civil aircraft, flight crew members or passengers to Defence Force material, buildings and personnel within the area of an air base.

1.1.3  Low visibility procedures (LVP) All taxi routes are available during (LVP) operations subject to ATC clearance (For CAT II taxi procedures, ref. AIP AD 2.22.1).

1.1.4  Aerodrome operating minima

Promulgation of an aerodrome as available for Category II or Category III operations means that it is suitably equipped and that procedures appropriate to such operations have been determined and are applied when relevant.

Promulgation implies that at least the following facilities are available:

ILS - certificated to relevant performance category.

Lighting - suitable for Category promulgated.

RVR System - may be automatic or manned system for Category II; will be automatic system for Category III.

Special Procedures and safeguards will be applied during Category II and III operations. In general, these are intended to provide protection for aircraft operating in low visibilities and to avoid disturbance to the ILS signals.

Protection of ILS signals during Category II or III operations may dictate that pre- take-off holding positions are more distant from the runway than the holding positions used in good weather. Such holding positions will be appropriately marked and will display signs conforming to the specifications in Annex 14, Volume I on one or both sides of the taxiway; there may also be a stop bar of red lights. For aircraft taxing off the runway during Category III operations exit taxiway center line lights are colour coded to facilitate notification of runway vacation and the colour coding ends at the boundary of the ILS critical / Sensitive Area. Pilots are required to make a "Runway Vacated" call on R / T when the aircraft has colour code of part of exit taxiway centre line lights, due allowance being made for aircraft size to ensure that the entire aircraft is clear of the ILS critical / Sensitive Area.

In actual Category II or III weather conditions pilots will be informed by ATC of any unserviceabilites in the promulgated facilities so that they can amend their minima, if necessary, according to their operations manual. Pilots who wish to carry out a practice Category II or Category III approach are to request practice Category II (or Category III) approach on initial contact with Approach Control. For practice approaches there is no guarantee that the full safeguarding procedures will be applied and pilots should anticipate the possibility of resultant ILS signal disturbance.

1.1.5  Runway friction measuring


Friction Measuring surveys are conducted at BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport four times per year. The Friction Classification Survey Table is displayed here:

Friction Classification Survey Table - BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport










Design object ice for New Runway Surfaces

Maintenance Planning Level

Minimum Friction Level

Test Water Depth mm (tolerance)

Test Speed kph (tolerance)

Tyre Pressure Psi (tolerance)


Grip Tester

Above 0.80



1 mm

(+ / - 5 %)


( + / - 5)


( + / - 1)

Type A

10 x 3.6 - 5

Friction measuring devices are not used at BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL airport on a daily operational basis.

Whenever water is present on the runway, a description of the runway surface conditions on the centre half of the width of the runway, including the possible assessment of water depth, where applicable, should be made available using the following terms:

  • DAMP - the surface shows a change of colour due to moisture

  • WET - the surface is soaked but there is no standing water

  • WATER PATCHES - significant patches of standing water are visible

  • FLOODED - extensive standing water is visible

1.1.6  Other information