Basra International Airport will spend $65 million dollars on a major expansion and renovation project during 2011, according to its director Abdul Ameer Ganim Abdullah.
Speaking at the Iraq Airports Expansion, Cargo and Logistics Conference and Exhibition in Erbil last week, Abdullah announced big plans for the airport over the course of this year, which when completed should convert it into a major airport in Iraq.
According to a report in Gulf News, Abdullah said: “There are several huge projects that will commence this year, which in return will convert the airport into a major airport in Iraq and the northern Arab Gulf region."
The projects at Basra International will include renovating the passenger terminal, repairing the runway, adding more aero-bridges as well as restoring other basic services such as water and electricity.
A total of $65 million dollars has been budgeted for the works by the Iraqi Transport Ministry and the Basra Governorate.
Basra International is Iraq’s third largest airport and can handle more than 2mppa.