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BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  25 November 2014 by M Beaman    (Bahrain)

Rating : 8/10

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Bahrain airport is incredibly efficient, its entirely possible to be in the departure lounge 10mins after walking through the doors. Once in the lounge the duty free area whilst not on the scale of Dubai provides all the necessary shopping. There are two bars, skybar upstairs (bit dingy) and the Irish bar by gate 12 which is much better. Standard fast food and coffee shops but if you have time recommend the Macaroni Grill Italian restaurant. Don't normally get many delays from Bahrain due to the relatively low number of flights from the airport.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  3 September 2013 by N Sutherland    (UK)

Rating : 9/10

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Transit only. I hadn't been through BAH for years and I forgot how good it was. From getting off the aircraft to being in the Departures areas was about 8 minutes. (Try that in Dubai). The airport is compact with a reasonable array of Duty Free goods, reasonable food choices, comfortable seats, spotlessly clean toilets, and a good flight announcement system. The layout of the airport takes you back to the 80's when air travel was more fun than it is today. Excellent Airport built on a human scale - for people.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  25 January 2013 by M Bertram    (Australia)

Rating : 8/10

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We just transited through Bahrain airport but we were impressed by this clean and spacious airport. It was well signed and fairly easy to get around and find both the Gulf Air lounge and the gate for our next flight. I wouldn't hesitate to fly through here again based on this experience.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  15 November 2012 by Syed Adeel Raza    (UK)

Rating : 4/10

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I fly Gulf Air mostly and every time the torturous part for me is Bahrain International Airport. After landing and disembarking the aircraft, there is a short walk to the transit area. Everyone for some fairly odd reason has to take off their belts, shoes, mobiles, watches etc and pass through the security gate. I just don't understand this. We have just come off a plane! Security checks have taken place in our point of departure. So this is always painful, as the lines build up rapidly if a few flights come in and the area is small. The staff at this security gates are not helpful. The airport itself isn't too great. The smoking area is a disaster even for smokers, its too small and packed out. It is a small airport with not the best shopping facilities either. Not what I would expect from a middle east airport seeing Dubai, Doha, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi standards.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  8 September 2012 by J Ingham    (UK)

Rating : 5/10

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It was the 5th time I have visited BAH and had no problems except the last time. Arrived with BA to find very long lines at border control, when we finally got to the front our passports where taken off us and told to wait over there. We waited for 2 hours with nobody offering any help. My wife was taken into a room and quizzed for 10 minutes. Not happy at all, wouldn't go to BAH again if didn't have genuine reason to visit on a regular basis.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  27 July 2012 by E Dsilva    (Bahrain)

Rating : 9/10

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I find BIA very quick and efficient. It takes me a maximum of 15-20 minutes. I like the duty free, however I wouldn't mind being given a wider variety of brands. Also I really think airport employees need to be a bit more friendly and the security personnel seem very relaxed. Having said that, I really like this airport, it saves me time and energy unlike larger mall-like airports.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  3 February 2012 by Ashraf Hoque    (Bangladesh)

Rating : 9/10

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On arrival as a transit passenger, I always find the environment is lively. Security check queuing time is not high, has a comparatively small but good duty free. Toilets are pretty clean, liked the orientation of food area having some good brands. Airports staff are helpful. In the business class lounge, the food is good with great taste of Arabian, English and South Asian cuisine with free WiFi.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  27 January 2012 by A Milossavlyevich    (Serbia)

Rating : 9/10

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BAH was a great surprise on my BEY-MAA journey. Small and clean airport, so much better than the nearby nightmare of DOH. Great transit times and free Wi-Fi internet that actually works with no senseless SMS authorizations and fees. A great airport.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  24 January 2012 by G Becque    (UK)

Rating : 5/10

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Transit is a nightmare - no fast track for J/F class. Due to late arrival of our incoming we had 45 minutes to catch our connection. Competing with 350+ pax, with all their hand luggage, to get through "so called" security for transit took all of that time and if our aircraft had not waited for us we would have missed it. BAH - sort it and treat your premium transit PAX as they deserve.



BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  5 August 2011 by Raphael Sheffield   (UK)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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Easy airport to transit through as it is small and compact (I had a 1hr 45mins transit time). Make sure your travel documents are in order as when I arrived at the transit desk 3 pax had been there for 4hr. The duty managers are all in the terminal and do not visit the transit desk that often it seems. Connecting Gulf Air to KLM, no problems at all. The Dilun Lounge that is available for KLM Business class passengers is nice, however located about 10min away from gate 12. I confirm the departure areas are extremely crowded at midnight with all the connecting flights, and all the seating is occupied. BAH Airport is ok for a couple of hours, but there is not a whole lot to do otherwise.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  1 July 2011 by Mariana Yordanova   (Bulgaria)

Customer Rating :  5/5

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I had the chance to fly via Bahrain International Airport several times. I would like to point that for such small island in Mid East like Bahrain, you people build and care for such nice and clean airport. I am very happy I had the chance to visit it and experience it. Keep it up.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  27 May 2011 by C McKenna   (Greece)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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In transit on Gulf Air from Addis Ababa to Athens - 6 hour wait. No idea there was a pay lounge. Had duty free confiscated as not in sealed bag. Lucky it was only alcohol and not expensive perfume or the like. Bags checked through but had obviously been opened - padlock broken off etc. Be warned of these issues! Transit desk far too small for number of people.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  1 October 2010 by M Guillemard   (France)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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One of the reasons maybe that I fly Economy, and do not go to the lounge (although the one time I flew business, I found the Gulf Air lounge too small for the number of travellers, poorly decorated and with a limited choice of drinks and food). The security controls are not done very seriously, they do not ask you to remove your laptops and hardly look at the screen anyway. Gulf Air employees at check-in have always been very nice and smiling. The duty-free is quite big, but the price level is not interesting at all, except for cigarettes. The main issue is the insufficient seating capacity, especially taking into account the fact that Middle-east flights to Europe are scheduled in the middle of the night.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT customer review :  17 January 2010 by James Wyatt   (UK)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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Nice size airport, no massive queues in or out. Airside, reasonable array of shops but most items are quite expensive. Clean throughout. Dining options limited and a bit rubbishy. The main upside are lounges which are fantastic. Gulf First is brilliant, as is the Dilmun - great view over the runway, good array of food and bevs. Showers and so on. Not an airport to be for a long layover though - get out and into town if you can.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 2 September 2009 : by Bill Atkins

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

Lovely manageable airport - fast processing on arrival and departure. Perfectly adequate facilities, though could use more seating.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 29 June 2009 : by A Morais

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

Been to Bahrain many times. Arrival/Departure at Bahrain airport is a pleasant experience. Visit visa formalities are a breeze for GCC expats unlike Dubai. Efficient, polite and friendly staff, makes you feel welcome (unlike some of the other GCC countries). The new duty free is very good too.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 20 March 2009 : by David Walker

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

Very clean and small airport, handier on shorter transit times, as there is a lack of entertainment, and like many middle eastern airports, seats often vacated with many Asian Labourers on route home, sprawled out over three seats each - who can blame them - its first come first served. If you are any lengthy stop over and flying economy, it may be worth a visit to the Delmon Lounge, you pay for entry, but then everything else is free and its a great place to bed down for a few hours on the couches. If its not busy you wontbe asked to move either. Showers, food, drinks etc - worth the little bit of extra cash!


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 4 October 2008 : by B Peralta

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

Our 7-hour layover at the Bahrain airport turned out to a refreshing and leisurely. The Transhotel was where we usually stay in the past is under renovation at this time. I therefore checked out this site for ideas about what my husband and I could do during the long layover. However, as we did not have Bahraini visas before our departure from Manila, we had no option but to stay in the airport. Upon arrival, we learned about the airport's pay lounge, the Dilmum. Turned out to be the best decision as it proved to be better than the Transhotel. While there are no flat beds, it has everything else - internet, light snacks, comfortable chairs, reclining chairs, television, a family room and even shower rooms. The lounge is only three years old and boasts of modern interiors and furnishings. It is like a 5-star hotel but minus the beds. Our 7 hours seemed rather short in the midst of all the comfort.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 27 August 2008 : by C Jones

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

I have been to Bahrain airport both in transit and as a final destination. It is small, but preferable to Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Have always found staff there polite and accommodating. Having read previous reviews regarding the toilets - would agree that the ones close to the gates can leave a lot to be desired! However, the bathrooms on the upper level between the restaurant and the bar and clean and tidy. Overall, a far more pleasant experience than either of the airports previously mentioned or Heathrow.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 28 May 2008 : by U Dippel

Customer Rating : 3/5

3 Star Rating

Been here on transit a few times. Short distances, friendly staff. Big downside: no drinking water is offered, no dispensers are available. When you have to sit and wait 12 hours this is actually pretty ugly. A plus is the readily available Internet connection and the reasonable number of power plugs.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 19 May 2008 : by Geoffrey Stevens

Customer Rating : 4/5

4 Star Rating

I have travelled to Bahrain a couple of times recently using Gulf Air. I prefer this airport rather than Dubai. Check-in, immigration, security and baggage collection very quick. Also walking distances to gates very reasonable.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 13 May 2008 : by K Fennelly

Customer Rating : 3/5

3 Star Rating

I have just used Bahrain airport as a transit stop on my way from Istanbul to Dubai and back. The airport a very small and therefore easy to transit through even for very tight transfers. It takes approx 15 minutes to get from your arriving plane to the next gate. A BIG word of warning though. Due to new regulations regarding the carriage of liquids in hand luggage, even duty free purchases must be placed in a sealed clear plastic bag obtained at the time of purchase and presented at the security checkpoint in the transit area. My husband and I just lost 2 litres of spirits because we were not aware of these rules and where not offered sealable bags at the duty free shop in Dubai.


BAHRAIN AIRPORT review : 30 April 2008 : by Leon Swardt

Customer Rating : 3/5

3 Star Rating

Bahrain airport is modern and fairly clean and well maintained. However, as another reviewer has mentioned, there is not a lot to do. My girlfriend and I recently had to spend 10 hours in transit there and it was not a happy experience.



Bahrain Int'l Airport by David Leston

12 March 2008   Customer Rating : 3 Star Rating

Bahrain airport is quite small and convenient for transit passengers, but I wouldn't want to have to spend too long waiting there. It has limited facilities and once you've walked around the departures area (takes about 10 minutes), there's little else to do. Don't bother with the duty free shops either, poor selection and highly priced.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Clayton Seymour

5 May 2007   Customer Rating : 3 Star Rating

Transited through this airport last month on my way to BKK. Very smooth transfer between flights. The airport is small, crowded but clean. Duty Free is more expensive & selection nowhere near as good as DXB, in fact, I could have bought perfume cheaper in LHR. Two drinks in the small, but uncrowded Sky Bar cost about 10 pounds sterling.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Iain Williamson

6 May 2006   Customer Rating : n/a

Agree with all comments about taxi service to Bahrain airport.To be honest, the situation is not acceptable. Taxi drivers will routinely rip off arriving or departing travellers. A taxi drive from the city should actually cost 3 BD. But all of this misses the point. Manama has now an excellent bus & minibus service. I cannot understand why this does not extend to the airport. However, the airport itself is not unpleasant at all: consistently friendly and able staff in all sectors, plenty of seats and well-stocked amenities.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Paul Devine

2 May 2006

For the attention of Mr Ali Bader BD7 is approx £10.50. I bet they were happy to see you. No one gets taxi's here it's too traumatic. There is a phone a taxi service that is metered and 100% not a rip off ask any off the airport staff and they will give you the number. If the government here sorted out the taxi's so that they were the same as Dubai we would all be very happy. Bahrain's a great place by the way, petrol 15p a litre, cigarettes 75p a pack a can of coke 15p.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Abhinav Shrey

15 March 2006

Arrived at Bahrain on 4th March '06 and left for Mumbai the same day. Got to spend some 4 hrs. there. Was quite good but the prices were sky- high. Definitely not less compared to other duty-free establishments. Though it was crowded, the seating facilities were more or less OK. Even then, there were lots of people sleeping on floor. There was just one junk food outlet and there was always a rush there. The best thing was the Ferrari's F1 car they had placed there in preparation for the coming Bahrain Grand Prix. The airport had a lively appearance because of it. There were lots of draws because of it too. There was a rush in the bus too while leaving for getting into my flight for Mumbai. The plane from Cairo had a direct connection to the airport by gangway. The guy at the boarding gate for Mumbai flight needs some coaching in manners!!

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Daniel Schlösser

21 January 2006

Pretty bad airport. It's too small to handle all the flights in the holiday season. You cannot do a lot of things and it's even difficult to find a seat in the departure area. There were only 2check-in counters for a full a320. But I guess that this is more Air Malta's fault than the airports. On the inbound flight lugagge was very slow. It took nearly an hour before the first bags came out and that at 12pm in the middle of the night with no other flight arriving due to a late arrival. There was no information given by the airport to when the luggage will come out. The luggage area was very small. I don't know how they want to handle a few flights at the same time. There are no gangways and you have to either go by foot to your plane or your bussed, but only if you are not traveling Air Malta.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Ashok Thomas

20 January 2006

It may not have all the chrome and glass of nearby Dubai, but Bahrain airport is functionally one of the best in the Gulf region. Reasonably well connected to all parts, the airport though small in size scores big in efficiency. Arrival is relatively painless with a short walk taking you to a row of immigration counters. Staff at these desks are polite - unlike what you find in some other airports in the region. By the time you go through to luggage claim your bags are already there. One sticking point though is transport to the city - only taxis most of whom don't use their meters which sometimes leads to new comers being fleeced. Departure is a little bit more of a runaround. You clear check in and immigration easily enough, and the duty free shopping is great for an airport its size. Business class lounges are all right, but around midnight when a lot of the flights to Asia and Europe depart the place can get to be a bit of a crush. That said you don't get the feeling of being in a cattle market that you get in Doha and Muscat. Clean, neat and efficient, Bahrain is a good place to travel and transit through.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Chris Seal

23 November 2005

Small but check-in was painless (it helps if you are in business class!). BA use the same lounge as Priority Pass which for a Monday afternoon was reasonably busy. Not much food though.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Sahardid Hussein

22 July 2005

A no frill's functional airport. Good thing, it was quite well organized and clean. And the Duty Free selection is excellent. There is one Mcdonald's type place and the fare was OK. The security arrangement's slightly concern me. Checks are cursory and brief, my passport was only glanced at and I was on my way to the gate. Bahrain Airport lacks any kind of public transport and one is totally dependent on taxi's, i think this should be improved, because the fares the drivers will charge are high as there is no competition for them.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Ali Bader

4 June 2005

Bahrain is on the whole a not bad place to use. It does what a airport should do best, get you in and out with the least amount of fuss. It is small, it only has 1 runway and quite compact. On my short flight on Air Arabia from Sharjah (which is a appaling airport) on arrival, I had a short walk to immigration. All the immigration booths were staffed, and there was a short wait. I find the Bahraini's to be a very friendly people and not 'stuck up' like the other Gulf Arabs. He was very polite to me and since I had a British passport and was entited to a 3 month visa, i asked for this and he gave me it. It was the first time I was in the country. The duty free shop is immediately behind immigration control, but it is very very small and from what I could see, there wasn't that many people using it. You go down a ramp into luggage section, my carousel was in the last pier, even that is not a long walk. I walked passed the green control, into the arrival hall, from my impression, it was clean all the way thorough, but i didn't see the toilets to say everywhere was clean. In the arrival hall are a few shops, namely the big telecommunications firm's. There was a Batelco (main operator) and MTC. I opted for MTC, and was met again by a friendly person. What spolied it was of course the transport into town. There is not train or metro system in Bahrain. I had to use a Taxi. Bahraini taxi drivers are really woeful and they ALL refuse to use the meter's. He asked for BD7, which is about GBP5. But I was told the normal fare into town was BD5. So beware, the Bahrain Taxi Driver.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by O Doyle

23 May 2005

Checking in at Bahrain airport is pretty quick compared to other airports I've been to but I find the facilities inside the airport appalling. The toilets are disgusting and never seem to be cleaned, there is a very limited choice of food outlets and non-alcoholic items are extortionately expensive in the duty free. Security is also very lax in a region where security should be paramount.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Abdullah Mutawi

21 April 2005

I have lived in Bahrain for the last four years. The airport is the best functioning airport I have ever used (I travel two or three times per month) with respect to time taken for check-in, immigration and security on the way out and immigration, baggage collection and customs on the way in. No other airport can compete on any single one of these items and the Gulf Air lounge is truly excellent. My only concern is that security at the first and business class check in is very lax. I have been through the metal detector many times where it beeps and I have never been stopped. That, is very scary.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Patrick Van Reusel

11 March 2005

Arrival from Paris on a connecting flight to Bangkok. The airport was ok, nice and clean. The tax free shops a expensive, they charge more then normal retail shops in my country (Belgium: 21% tax) Food and drinks a reasonable priced, they accept Euro currency, change will be given in local currency. Toilets are clean and well maintained.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by M Chaudron

22 September 2004

Flew into Bahrain from Istanbul on 11 Sept 04, then flew to Frankfort on 14 Sept 04. Coming in to Bahrain was quite easy. We were placed on a bus, taken to Passport Control where it took 10 minutes to go through. I had already applied for an e-visa, which made things very easy. Returning out was a different story. The Gulf Air employees were surly and did not keep us updated on flight delays. The airport itself was okay, with just enough services (food, newstands, etc) to keep the wait less than a complete bore. The airport was clean and the facilities seemed adequate to me.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Rob McMurdo

7 September 2004

I agree about all the comments made by previous reviewers of Bahrain Airport , it is a terrible place to spend time if a flight is delayed . However  there is no better airport in terms of function. I challenge anywhere else that allows me to be off and out the airport and home in 30 mins from landing. Departure too is simple and easy although a few well located mobile walkways to gates 17 and 11 wouldn't go amiss. I use the airport 3-5 times a month and its a pleasure  - the only worry is that sometimes my destination is Heathrow!

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Eoin McDonnell

1 August 2004

One of the worst airports I have ever been in. The staff even in the duty free area are intrusive and haughty. The food is atrocious (unless you really like microwaved chicken burgers). Though the airport presents itself very flashily with lots of fake chrome and neon; most of the airport is just plain dirty behind this. What annoys me most is having now spent a total of over 7 hours in Bahrain on various trips; I have yet to find toilet paper, floors devoid of pools and 'mud', or staff willing to do anything about this in any of the bathrooms. In an international airport you really shouldn't have to think ahead to bring paper with you. To be fair, should you manage to notice the bar (if you get bored enough to start reading the elevator buttons), the bartender is friendly and attentive. Though you'll need a coat and preferably a scarf the air-conditioning is up so high.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Brad McAlister

19 June 2004

I agree with E Euwen (18 March) - BAH is dirty, depressing and lacking facilities. Look down the wing towards gate 15 I think it is - drab, miserable and dirty. Travel to/from BIA about twice a month, and things get worse, with the exception of the GF lounge facility - but could that have got any worse !? The staff around the place are Bahrain Airport Services and not GF - a pity, as these BAS staff at check-in and boarding are for the large part offhand, and terrified of making a decision on their own - bureaucracy gone mad. The result is a lousy level of service across many of these areas.  I agree that the tax free prices are not that good - they're getting greedy I guess. I generally prefer smaller airports like BIA, but not when they standards slip to the present levels.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by Somnuek Homteeb

31 May 2004

I usually make my trip from Bangkok-Paris via Bahrain all the time. I found the airport itself is clean  modern, well-organized. The duty free shops are ok ,but not much selections to choose from. But one thing that I have seen since last year is the airport speakers - which doesn't work properly at all and I just don't understand how could they let this happen over for years.

Bahrain Int'l Airport by E Euwen

18 March 2004

I passed through Bahrain airport in July 2003 returning from holiday and it was a very disappointing experience. I cannot believe a previous comment that the duty free area is good: the two shops certainly look nice, but they are just one retailer and consequently the prices are very high. The toilet facilities were really dirty, despite the appearance of cleaners, who seemed to be happy to do nothing about it. There weren't very many areas to sit and only 4 places to get refreshments: a burger bar, a coffee shop, a smoky bar and an expensive restaurant. I was extremely unhappy during my stay there, I'm afraid to say.



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