The Kurdistan Regional Government has issued a tender for the provision and deployment of a new IT network infrastructure at Erbil International airport in the northern semi-autonomous region.

The contract also covers a new server system and call centre. Bids are due in on 4 November.

The airport is aiming to revamp its current IT and telecom infrastructure to help provide better services to passengers passing through the airport as well as airport employees.

Passenger numbers have been rising at the airport since it first opened in 2011. Last year was a record period for the airport with passenger traffic rising by more than 50 per cent on the previous year.

Plans are now afoot to expand the airport’s capacity, which currently stands at 3 million passengers.

The airport is due to appoint a consultant soon to oversee a review of the facility’s masterplan, according to a source familiar with the project.