Iraq Airports exhibition highlights US$50 billion aviation infrastructure projects
Source: BI-ME , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Thu November 13, 2014 9:57 am

UAE.  Business opportunities in Iraq’s USD50 billion aviation infrastructure projects will be highlighted during the Iraq Airports Show, to be hosted by Sulaymaniyah International Airport in the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq from December 3 to 4, 2014.

Building on the success of past annual events in the major cities of Iraq, the 4th annual Iraq Airports Conference and Exhibition, which is organised by Babylon international FZE, will focus on the progress of Iraq’s ongoing airport projects, expansion and construction of new terminals, as well as best practices in air traffic control/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 the Iraqi aviation market currently offers vast economic potential and remains undeterred despite recent market challenges.

“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,” said Muthaiah.

With a population of over 33 million, Iraq has 19 civilian airports and seven military air transport facilities, serving around 30 airlines, including its national carrier Iraqi Airways.

Across the country, major airport infrastructure development programmes are under way 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.

Iraqi Airways is also upbeat after it placed an order of 55 new aircrafts, worth over USD2.6 billion with global aeroplane manufacturers Boeing and Bombardier. “The carrier remains steadfast in pursuing new growth opportunities, not only by modernising and expanding its fleet, but also by widening its route network,” added Muthaiah.

The Iraq Airports conference and exhibition will feature over 60 companies from Iraq and overseas. Regional and global aviation experts will also be present to discuss the various industry trends that will shape Iraq’s aviation landscape in the coming years.

The two-day event will be held at the Titanic Hotel Sulaymaniyah and will welcome officials from the Iraq Ministry of Transport, Iraq Civil Aviation Authority, as well as delegates comprising airport directors and senior managers from within the country’s aviation sector.

For more information about the Iraq Airports Show, visit: http://www.iraqairportsshow.com.

 

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