The UK-headquartered company Serco has renewed its agreement with Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority to continue providing air traffic control services to Baghdad International airport.

The agreement will extend the contract until January 2015. Serco has been working with the Iraqi airport since January 2011. The UK firm works in conjunction with its local Iraqi partner Al-Burhan Group.

During the next 18 months, Serco will be providing training for new Iraqi air traffic controllers to ensure the continued safe and efficient management of the country’s airspace. Iraqi airspace is a critical corridor for air traffic between the Gulf and Europe.

Serco also provides air traffic control and engineering services for the UAE, a role it has been performing since 1986.

Earlier this month Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) signed a AED105m ($17.9m) contract with Serco to operate the emirate’s new tram network.