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Baghdad International Airport

Coordinates: 33°15′45″N 44°14′04″E / 33.26250°N 44.23444°E / 33.26250; 44.23444
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Baghdad International Airport

مطار بغداد الدولي

Matar Baġdād ad-Dowaly
Airport typePublic / Military
OperatorIraqi Government
LocationBaghdad, Iraq
Hub for
Elevation AMSL114 ft / 35 m
Coordinates33°15′45″N 44°14′04″E / 33.26250°N 44.23444°E / 33.26250; 44.23444
BGW is located in Iraq
Location of airport in Iraq
Direction Length Surface
ft m
15R/33L 10,830 3,301 Concrete
15L/33R 13,123 4,000 Concrete
Statistics (2009)
Total passengersIncrease 7,500,000 (estimate)
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Baghdad International Airport (IATA: BGW, ICAO: ORBI), previously Saddam International Airport (IATA: SDA, ICAO: ORBS) (Arabic: مطار بغداد الدولي), is Iraq's largest international airport. It is 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.

On 3 January 2020, Baghdad International Airport was the location of a U.S. airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani, leader of Iran's Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces, as well as numerous civilians.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  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. https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-01-02/irans-soleimani-and-iraqs-muhandis-killed-in-air-strike-militia-spokesman
  4. "US kills powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad airstrike". The Times of Israel.