BOAC911
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DMM: Same As Dharhan?

Sat May 07, 2005 6:46 pm

Could someone verify for me whether Dammam is the Dharhan US Air Force base? I entered DMM on an airline's website and Dharhan appeared as destination. Is Dharhan air base used as Dammam's main civil airport? Any response would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

[Edited 2005-05-07 11:47:44]
 
lamedianaranja
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RE: DMM: Same As Dharhan?

Sat May 07, 2005 6:54 pm

It's like in LON can be LGW, LHR, LCY and more. One is citycode, the other airportcode. DMM is DHA but about the military stuff I don't know.
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RE: DMM: Same As Dharhan?

Sat May 07, 2005 11:18 pm

You better check your info first as there are
dam= damascus (Syria)
dha = dharhan (Saudia Arabia)
amm= amman (Jordan)
 
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RE: DMM: Same As Dharhan?

Sat May 07, 2005 11:30 pm

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 1):
It's like in LON can be LGW, LHR, LCY and more

And also like NYC!

[Edit 747Rules beat me to it!]

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[Edited 2005-05-07 16:31:17]
 
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RE: DMM: Same As Dharhan?

Sat May 07, 2005 11:35 pm

Background information:

Dhahran, Dammam and Khobar are three different cities in a tri-city area on the Arabian Gulf. I believe the combined total population is above 1 million. Dhahran and Khobar are very close to one another but Dammam is 10-15 kilometers away. The causeway to Bahrain, one of the longest in the world, starts in Khobar.

Prior to 1997, the main civilian airport for the tri-city area was Dhahran International Airport (IATA code was DHA), which is in Dhahran and close to Saudi Aramco (largest oil company in the world). At the moment, it is used sporadically by Saudia VIP aircraft. I doubt the US has a presence there as all American forces have left Saudi Arabia in the late 90s.

However, in 1997, a brand new international airport was opened 35 kilometers north of Dammam, called King Fahd International Airport (IATA code is DMM). This airport is so far away from Khobar and Dhahran (50-60 minutes away by car) that most people in those two cities simply drive to Bahrain (BAH) to catch a flight from there.

It would be interesting to note that prior to 1997, Dhahran International Airport was a lot busier, with such carriers as British Airways, KLM, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Swissair, Turkish Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, all operating there at one point or another. Sadly, at present, the far away airport north of Dammam (DMM) is served by KLM and Lufthansa only from the above list.

Let me know if you need more information.
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BOAC911
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RE: DMM: Same As Dharhan?

Sun May 08, 2005 12:38 am

Thank you very much for this clarification. If you enter DMM at ba.com, the website will inform the user that British Airways does not currently operate into Dhahran (British Airways has completely pulled out of Saudi Arabia recently) This is why I was confused. Thank you once again for the above info.
 
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RE: DMM: Same As Dharhan?

Sun May 08, 2005 1:22 am

Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 1):
It's like in LON can be LGW, LHR, LCY and more.

or BER for Berlin (TXL, THF and SXF) ...
 
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RE: DMM: Same As Dharhan?

Sun May 08, 2005 3:05 am

Quoting BOAC911 (Thread starter):
is the Dharhan US Air Force base?

The US does not have an Air Base, let alone barely a presence in the Kingdom any longer.
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