Baghdad International Airport (IATA: BGW, ICAO: ORBI) is Iraq's largest airport, located in a suburb about 16 km (9.9 mi) west of downtown Baghdad in the Baghdad Governorate. The building of the airport started in 1979, but the opening was delayed until 1987. Most of the flights stopped in 1991 as a result of the sanctions imposed by the United Nations due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
The airport officially reverted to civilian control on 25 August 2004. Iraqi Airways resumed regular flights, and courier carriers also began flights. On 18 May 2010, plans were unveiled for an expansion of Baghdad International Airport, which will double its capacity to 15 million passengers per year. The expansion, to be funded by foreign investors, will include the construction of three new terminals and the refurbishment of the existing three terminals, which will each accommodate 2.5 million passengers annually.
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Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Contact information for key airport companies can be found at the following link: 4.5 Iraq Airport Company Contact List
Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: AZ Freight
The Class I runway is 4,000m long and lies in the direction of 15L/33R.
13123 x 197 feet / 4000 x 60 meters
This runway is located on the military side of the airfield. It has a length of 3,301m and lies in the direction of 15R/33L.
10830 x 148 feet / 3301 x 45 meters)
4 landing area on the taxiway – Helicopter park on the apron. 6 x helicopter parking 30 m x 8 m
Airport Infrastructure Details
JET A-1 fuel
Single Point Refuelling
Air Starter Units
Ground Power (mobile)
Pax transport to airfield
Ground Handling Services
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Base Operating Room
Parking Ramp Lighting
Approach & Runway Lights
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For information on Navigation Charges, Fuel Services, Cargo Terminal Charges, and Air-bridge Charge, please see the website of the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority
G4S private Security agency provides all aspects of airport’s security including operational logistical and administrative support, physical security for checkpoint 1 the main gateway and 24-hour security services.