Turkish joint venture selected for Iraq's Dohuk airport

10 March 2013

Makyol and Cengiz awarded the contract for the construction of phase 1 in Kurdistan region

A joint venture between Turkish firms Makyol and Cengiz has been officially awarded the contract for the construction of the new Dohuk airport in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The client is the Duhok Governorate.

It will be the third airport in the region and is expected to be completed to 2015.  Phase 1 of the project will have capacity of 328,000 passengers, with final phases increasing capacity up to 1.1 million passengers.

The airport is being built partly in response to increased investor interest in Kurdistan. The semi-autonomous region of Iraq offers a safer business environment to operate in compared with other parts of the country, and is seen as the gateway for trade into Turkey and the rest of Europe, as well as offering a wealth of opportunities within its oil and gas sector.

Nearby Erbil International airport has seen passenger demand exceed expectations since it opened in 2010. A total of 947,600 passengers used the airport during 2012, a 53 per cent increase on the previous year. The original masterplan for the airport forecast passenger numbers to reach 608,400 passengers last year.

South Korea’s Incheon International Airport Corporation won the $9.03mn project management contract for the Dohuk airport in early 2012, having previously been the project manager at Erbil International airport.

Lebanon’s Dar al-Handasah is responsible for the design of the airport together with France’s ADPI.

Outside of the Kurdistan region, other Iraq airports are also being expanded or refurbished in anticipation of increased demand.

A number of contracts at Baghdad airport are expected to be tendered in the coming months, including the rehabilitation of the Samara terminal, according to a source close to the projects.

Basra airport is also expecting to tender for the provision of air field lighting, while Mosul airport is looking to tender the rehabilitation and expansion of its airport, with terminal design.

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