Aviation reports state that Iraq has 19 civilian airports and seven military air transport facilities, serving around 30 airlines, including Iraqi Airways. Across the country, major airport infrastructure development programmes are underway as air travel demand within Iraq increases. Existing airports in Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Najaf, Mosul and Sulaymaniyah are undergoing expansion, while new airports are being constructed in areas such as Karbala, Kirkuk and Dohuk.
Riding on this growth, the Iraq Airports Show will explore the business opportunities in Iraq’s US$50 billion aviation infrastructure projects. The event will be hosted by Sulaymaniyah International Airport from 3-4 December 2014.
The show will highlight the progress of Iraq’s ongoing airport projects, expansion and construction of new terminals, as well as best practices in air traffic control and air traffic management (ATC/ATM), safety and security, IT support, maintenance, operations and ground handling, to name a few.
Ram Muthaiah, general manager of Babylon International FZE said: “Air transport infrastructure in the country has crumbled after years of underfunding, but the Iraqi government has a clear vision to rebuild the aviation sector by injecting cash into redevelopment efforts and regaining international investor confidence.”
Iraqi Airways is positive about the way ahead as it placed an order of 55 new aircraft, worth over US$2.6 bn with Boeing and Bombardier. The show will feature over 60 companies from Iraq and overseas.