The Iraqi National Investment Commission (NIC) is to present two airport projects to the Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq on 12–14 February.
The NIC – an agency of the Iraqi government – is seeking overseas investors for rehabilitation and development of Mosul International Airport, which suffered severe damage in recent years amid fighting between the government and the Islamic State. Mosul fell to the Islamic state in June 2014 but the airport was recaptured in February 2017 under a wider government offensive.
An NIC report describes damage to Mosul International at “over 40%”. Taxiways and aprons had been sabotaged by the Islamic State, which also carved trenches in the surface of the runway and filled them with rubble.
The NIC estimates that it would cost at least IQD120 billion (USD100 million) to rebuild the airport and reopen it to airline traffic, based on assessments carried out at the end of 2017.
Mosul is one of the main international airports in Iraq; the others are Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, and Al Najaf. However, the NIC is also promoting the development of Nasiriyah Airport to serve more international flights. The airport perimeter encompasses the ancient Babylonian city of Ur, known as the birthplace of Abraham.
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