Baghdad International Airport
- IATA Code
- ICAO Code
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Air Méditerranée
Middle East Airlines
Silk Way Airlines
Baghdad International Airport serves the capital and most populous city in Iraq, Baghdad. The airport has suffered deep contractions in passenger traffic since 1991 due to ongoing conflict in the region. Airlines in the Middle East and Europe, however, have recently expressed interest in resuming services to the Iraqi capital. The Government is also keen to attract services and has announced plans to expand Baghdad International.
Location of Baghdad International Airport, Iraq
Ground Handlers servicing Baghdad International Airport
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Another round of new routes to Iraq is occurring over the next few months, continuing the wave of expansion by international carriers as the country's economy develops and trade links grow. After almost two decades of limited activity, commercial aviation is playing an important role in the redevelopment of Iraq.
Between the early 1990s and 2000, Iraq was faced with heavy international sanctions, effectively preventing commercial travel. Royal Jordanian was the first international carrier to resume operations to the country, initially operating irregular cargo and charter services and then an on-again, off-again scheduled passenger service. It was only after the fall of the Hussein regime in 2003 that commercial airlines began to return to the country in any numbers.
What began as a trickle of airlines and a handful of routes become a torrent at the end of 2008. More than 20 airlines have added services to Iraq over the past three years. In the past six months alone, flydubai, Etihad Airways, Emirates, EgyptAir, Pegasus Airlines, Turkish Airlines and (the now defunct) Viking Hellas have all added new services or extra capacity into the country. Qatar Airways and Jazeera Airways are set to enter the Iraqi market in the next few months.
The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has developed a new organisational structure to transform its management of flight management control operations and safety and security quality standards. GCAA launched its Comprehensive Transformation Programme in 2010 and has already developed new financial and strategic plans.
The political instability engulfing some North African states has extensive implications for tourism and aviation across the region. Already dozens of governments are warning their citizens to avoid travel to Egypt. Several have chartered aircraft to ferry their nationals out. Cairo Airport has been met with chaotic scenes in the past few days as thousands of foreigners seek to leave. In this special report, CAPA reviews the immediate aviation and tourism impacts from the North Africa/Middle East civil unrest.
The Kuwaiti Government announced at the end of Oct-2010 it has awarded a number of new contracts to Indra to modernise the country’s air traffic management system. The contract is the latest in efforts by Gulf nations to develop their air traffic control infrastructure to ensure they can keep pace with the rapid growth the Middle East is witnessing.
The strong growth at UAE airports continues, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi leading the way. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) reports that air traffic movements in the country grew at an “unprecedented” rate of 12.8% year-on-year over Sep-2010, with 52,691 aircraft movements in the month. This follows on from an 8.7% year-on-year increase in aircraft movements Aug-2010. (Note: traffic figures have been skewed by the shifting of Ramadan into August, which was partially responsible for the slowdown in that month).
Bahrain’s struggling national carrier Gulf Air has put itself up as a possible target for International Airlines Group (IAG), the new holding company formed to oversee the merger of British Airways and Iberia.