Lufthansa Consulting has been hired by the Iraqi Ministry of Transport to evaluate the ground handling requirements at the country’s Baghdad, Basra and Mosul international airports.
To help with the future development of the country’s aviation sector, Lufthansa Consulting has been tasked with optimising the ground handling services at Iraq’s main airports as well as establishing international standards at the three international gateways.
Iraq’s aviation system is currently going through a phase of reconstruction following two wars and a number of years of disruption which have caused considerable damage to the airports’ facilities.
Regular air services are slowly being resumed to and from the country and plans are underway to renovate and expand the airports.
As a result, the Ministry of Transport, the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA), and the national carrier Iraqi Airways have a strong interest in establishing ground handling operations at the three airports that meet international standards in preparation for the increase in traffic flows and the airlines’ requirements – ranging from aircraft handling to the processing of passengers and their baggage.
In Phase One of the project, Lufthansa Consulting is developing an action plan for the airports.
To formulate this plan, experts have conducted intensive assessments of the local airport facilities at Baghdad, Basra and Mosul by inspecting the relevant processes and procedures, as well as performed numerous interviews with all stakeholders related to ground operations.
In Phase Two, the company will be responsible for managing the tender procedure and for tendering the ground handling licenses for the three airports to international ground handling companies.
The findings of the operations assessments in Phase One will form part of the tender documentation, and will have a bearing on the expected service levels and investments.
Lufthansa Consulting said that the overall aim of the project is to ensure the airports’ operational readiness by 2012 at the latest.