Basra International Airport

The airport was built in the 1960s and then developed in the 1980s by the Iraqi Government department State Organisation for Roads and Bridges (SORB) as a gateway to the only port in Iraq. This second phase of development was completed by a joint venture comprising Strabag Bau AG of Cologne, Billfinger & Berger of Manheim both in Germany and Universale of Austria in Spring 1988. It is claimed that the airport was built only as a facility for VIPs and was only used rarely.

Renovation of the airport was supposed to proceed with the construction of a new terminal under German contract but the project prematurely ceased with the outbreak of the 1991 Gulf War. Actual development proceeded in the airport only after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Some facilities were refurbished under a contract by United States Agency for International Development. The project is broad as it includes building air traffic control towers and other navigational facilities, as well as the construction of transportation and communications facilities.

The airport was eventually re-opened in June 2005. The event was marked by the traditional sheep sacrifice as an Iraqi Airways Boeing 727 jet landed from Baghdad. It was the beginning of a new domestic service in Iraq between Baghdad and Basrah. However, many of the passengers complained about the lack of basic facilities. Problems included air conditioning and toilets.

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Baghdad Al Muthana Airport

Baghdad International Airport (IATA: SDA, ICAO: ORBI) (formerly Saddam International Airport, also known as Al Anbar Airport) is Iraq’s largest airport, located in a suburb about 16 km (10 miles) West of downtown Baghdad.

Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the airport was named Saddam International Airport after Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Although the name was changed in the invasion’s wake, Baghdad retains its former IATA airport code of SDA (although some airlines use the code BGW). Its ICAO airport code was ORBS, but changed to ORBI in 2003. The airport and the surrounding military perimeter are referred to as BIAP (buy-op) by coalition civil and military authorities.

Baghdad Airport officially reverted to civilian control on August 25, 2004. Iraqi Airways and Royal Jordanian Airlines currently operate regular flights to Amman, Jordan, and FedEx and DHL operate civilian and military cargo services.

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Sulaymaniyah Int. Airport


On December 2003 the work was started by one of the specialist Turkish company to construct Sulaimaniyah International Airport according to the ICAO specifications. It is planned to construct the airport through two stages:

Stage One:

Construction of Arrival, Departure and the VIP terminals. The work was completed on 15th June 2005 and all terminals are ready for use now.

Stage Two:

a) Construction of the following:

1. Aerodrome Control Tower.

2. Runway with its lighting systems and markings.

3. Taxiways with their lighting systems and markings.

4. Apron with all related lights and markings.

5. Fire Fighting Station.

6. Meteorological Station with all related equipment.

7. Catering Building with all required equipment and facilities.

8. Cargo building.

9. Aviation Security Office.

10. Administration Building.

11. Car Park.

12. Aerodrome Fence with its related Guard Towers.

13. Service Road surrounding the airport.

14. potable & water treatment system

b) Installation of the followings:

1. Navigational Aids.

2. Voice and Data Communication Systems.

3. Airfield Lighting Systems.

4. Visual Aids

This stage is finished on 4th Sept 2005 .

Opening Date

The airport has been opened for operations to all types of aircraft and all flights (Passengers and Cargo) on 20th July 2005.

Airport Location

The airport is located North West of Sulaimaniyah city at a distance of approximately 15 km from city center.

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Erbil International Airport

Located on the 100 meter ring road, the Erbil International airport is developping at a very fast rate. Its modern facilities are now catering for flights from around the world, and the number of carriers offering Erbil as a destination is increasing steadily.

The new airport has one of the world’s longest runways. 4,800 meters long, 90 meters wide and equipped for CAT II operations featured ILS, Erbil’s runway is unique in the region!

Erbil International Airport has the fourth longest runway in the world. It is able to operate planes even in the most challenging weather conditions.

Cargo traffic is an important feature of EIA, and demand is growing rapidly.

The new terminal features VIP areas for visiting business jets, and there is a separate VIP terminal for visiting dignitaries and diplomats.

The new airport fulfills all modern environmental requirements and has a separate environmental body addressing these questions.

The airport is located close to central Erbil, eliminating long transfers to and from the airport, further reducing its environmental impact.

The construction of Erbil International Airport was entirelly funded by the Kurdistan Regional Government.

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