A new economic hub is in the making with Iraq reviving its OPEC market share, this improved trade across the border has seen another important sector booming, which is Aviation. During the last few years, aviation has transformed into one of the fastest growing sector with Iraqi airways placing orders for new aircrafts and airports in like Erbil, Sulaimaniyah, Baghdad, Najaf and others announcing billions worth expansion plans.
More recently, direct flight services have been resumed between Iraq and Kuwait after a pause that lasted for more than two decades. The Iraqi carrier also opened air routes with countries such as Sweden, Britain, Malaysia, India and Denmark, in addition to neighbouring countries. New direct routes also will be opened soon with other countries, such as Azerbaijan. In January this year Russian Embassy in Baghdad announced that Iraq and Russia are working on opening a new direct flight route between Baghdad and Moscow.
The flag carrier also signed US$387 million agreement with Bombardier, which followed a letter of intent for five of the larger version of CSeries and with an option on another 11 CS300s. With incoming flights from around 30 carriers including Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airway, Air Arabia, flydubai, Royal Jordanian, Jazeera Airways and EgyptAir, Iraqi airports are gearing up to handle the increasing passenger growth
Airports in the country have development plans worth US$50 billion for construction of new terminals, ATC / ATM, safety & security, IT support, maintenance, operations and all the segments of its airports. Expansion projects have been launched Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Najaf, Mosul and Sulaymaniyah. Iraq is building one of the biggest airports near Karbala named Middle Euphrates International Airport (MEIA). An international airport project is under construction at Duhok in Kurdistan region.
After the successful conclusion of Iraq Airports Show 2013 in Baghdad, Babylon International FZE brings the ‘Iraq Airports Show 2014 – Conference and Exhibition’ hosted by Sulaimaniyah International Airport on 24th and 25th September 2014. Inaugurating the 2013 event, Iraqi Minster for Transport HE Hadi Al Amiri has said that Iraq is resolute to develop its aviation sector to match the global standards and is taking appropriate measures to cater the growing aviation industry demands in the country.
The two day event, to be held at Titanic Hotel & Spa, Sulaimaniyah – Republic of Iraq, will receive representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Authority of Iraq. Also, airport directors from Sulaymaniyah, Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Najaf and airport development project directors from Karbala, Duhok and Kirkuk.
The Iraq Airport show is expected to attract industry leaders from sectors including, Safety & security services, ATC / ATM, ground handling, aircraft manufacturers, MRO suppliers, MRO service providers, airport services, airport equipment manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, design & planning and services providers, banks, financial services, insurance companies and its allied industries.
Ram Muthaiah, General Manager of Babylon International FZE, the organisers of the event said, “The presence of airports cum government representatives and suppliers makes the event a must attend, because Iraqi aviation sector is experiencing a boom and through Iraq Airports Show we will be connecting major players in the industry to an emerging and lucrative aviation market.”