The main runway’s almost 4km long with a 2.5km back-up runway. The passenger terminal has the capacity to serve 9million travellers plus the airport handles 322,734 tonnes of cargo per year plus 10 million pieces of luggage!
There are 43 airlines operating out of Bahrain flying to 50 destinations with 1,052 weekly departures and the guys and girls responsible for keeping it all moving – well at least in the air – are the air traffic controllers who hang out in the tower right beside the runway.
They direct more than 315,000 aircraft annually and handle around 87,000 landings.
There are 22 air traffic controllers running the Bahrain operations, three to four per shift and they each train for around three years.
We got a bird’s-eye view from the tower and a sneaky peak inside.