• Short Summary

    The new International Airport of Bahrain was opened yesterday (Friday) by Emir Isa Bin Sulman Al-Khalifa, the island's ruler.

  • Description

    The new International Airport of Bahrain was opened yesterday (Friday) by Emir Isa Bin Sulman Al-Khalifa, the island's ruler.

    The opening coincided with two other dates: the tenth anniversary of the Emir's accession to power; and four months since Bahrain became a sovereign state, severing all military and political ties with Britain which had existed since 1898.

    The new airport in the first fully-operational "jumbo" airport in the Middle East - designed to handle up to three 747s or six 707s at one time.

    Bahrain has a long-standing aviation history - having opened its first airport in 1932, to handle Imperial Airways (the forerunner of BOAC) Handley-Page Hannibal bi-planes on the Cairo to Karachi routes.

    This film was brought to london by a passenger on a Qantas jumbo jet - the first aircraft to leave the new Bahrain airport after the opening.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7QXIRFSP29J78QD1RCRZUNZ6V
    Media URN:
    VLVA7QXIRFSP29J78QD1RCRZUNZ6V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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