Contractors interested in providing an automatic early warning system and firefighting equipment for Baghdad International Airport are due to submit their bids soon.

A deadline of 3 April was set for submissions.

The scope of the contract includes providing fire alarms for three passenger terminals and connecting buildings.

The tender follows the signing of a €465,000 contract by the French company ADPI with the Iraq Transport Ministry in 2011 to provide the specifications and designs for fire alarm systems.

The fire alarm contract is one of several contracts aimed at rehabilitating and improving Baghdad airport’s infrastructure to allow it to handle its envisaged increase in passenger numbers. The masterplan for Baghdad airport aims to boost the facility’s capacity to 15 million passengers a year.

Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority is also overseeing the construction of a number of new airports. Two new airports are being built at Dohuk and Karbala, while the international airport at Erbil has seen passenger numbers exceed expectations following its opening in 2010.