Erbil International Airport is a Public/Military airport located in the north-western part on the outskirts of Erbil city. In 2003, the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (KRI) decided to convert the former military base into a modern civilian airport. The airport welcomed the first airline of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in December 2006. The new modernized airport was opened in 2010. The airport is managed by the Iraqi Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq (KRI). The airport is operated under the rules and regulations established by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) and has a runway of 4,800 m × 75 m (15,748 ft × 246 ft) that is equipped for ILS CAT II operations.
Airport Location and Contact
Province or District
Nearest Town or City with Distance from Airport
Erbil 7.2 (km)
Airport’s Complete Name
Erbil International Airport
Elevation (ft and m)
(1,363 ft and 415 m) AMSL
Managing Company or Airport Authority
Iraqi government, Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq
Management Contact Person*
Mr. Kawa Ahmed: Head of administration
Mr. Ayub Sh Ali: Cargo Manager
Mr. Hoshang: Security Officer
Open From (hours)
Open To (hours)
*Contact Details available with the WFP Iraq CO and can be provided upon request
Description and Contacts of Key Companies
Erbil International Airport has five cargo agents (DHL, Blue Way Logistic, Mateen Express, Zarawa, and Mainland Logistic) and only one cargo handling company (DNATA Aviation). DNATA now operates the new cargo terminal, with an approximate capacity of 240,000 tons per year. DNATA also plans to build a new cargo facility, with an area of 26,000 sqm and a capacity of 300,000 tons per year.
Street / Physical Address
Phone Number (mobile)
Cargo service Manager
Blue way Logistic
Main Land Logistic
For more information on airport contacts, please see the following link: 4.5 Airport Companies Contact List.
Information on some aviation service providers can be found at: http://www.azfreight.com/
Passenger and Cargo Performance Indicator
Performance for 2020
Total Aircraft Movements
Total Capacity of the Airport (MT)
Current Activity of the Airport (MT)
Current use by Humanitarian Flights (UNHAS)
The airport has two runways, both operating and in good condition.
4,800m x 75m
2,800m x 30m
Airport Infrastructure Details
JET A-1 fuel
Single Point Refuelling
Air Starter Units
Ground Power (mobile)
Pax Transport to Airfield
Ground Handling Services
Fire Fighting Category (ICAO)
Base Operating Room
Parking Ramp Lighting
Approach & Runway Lights
Airport Operating Details
Erbil International Airport can technically receive any type of aircraft. Certain restrictions are imposed by ICAA on the use of older built aircraft in Iraqi airspace.
Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Bulk Cargo
Maximum Sized Aircraft that can be Offloaded on Pallet
Total Aircraft Parking Area (m²)
Storage Area (m3 and MT)
Elevators / Hi Loaders
Max Capacity (MT)
Max Height (m)
For more information on customs in Iraq, please see the following link: 1.3 Customs Information.
Erbil International Airport does not have sufficient storage capacity available for a large numbers of humanitarian cargo consignments. There is a significant amount of open space within the airport, however there were indications that the erection of any kind of hub will not be allowed on airport grounds. For transporting goods from/to the airport prior clearance from airport security is needed as well.
|New Cargo Terminal (NCT)|
1 x 1300m2 import, used for dismantling, and security control warehouse, not for storage
1 x 1300m2 export, used for ULD build-up, and security control warehouse
Old Cargo Terminal (OCT)
1 x 2500m2 used for storage with 9 lines x 3 level racks 27m length
1 x 2500m2 used for customs inspection and preparations for delivery
The Cool /chiller storages as below:
2 x 45cbm chiller storages 2-8°C
2 x 45cbm cool room up to 25°C
1 x 40’ HC shipping container frozen -17°C
1 x 20’ ST shipping container frozen -17°C
4 x 40’ HC shipping containers chiller storages 2-8°C
6 x 40’ HC shipping containers up to 25°C
In addition: 8 x 40’ HC shipping containers (adjustable temp control) will be adding in EAI cool storage capacity, expected by the end of August 2021.
Number of the available facilities/equipment to transport goods between the New and the Old cargo building:
Forklift capacity 16 tons
Forklift capacity 11 tons
Forklift capacity 7 tons
Forklift capacity 3 tons
Forklift capacity 2 tons
- Four new 3 tons forklifts will be added to current operations capacity of EIA at the end of August 2021.
- The EIA is designed to accommodate Airbus A380 and cargo aircraft of this class.
- There is a plan to build a new shipping facility with an area of 26,000 square meters and a capacity of 300,000 tons per year.
- The humanitarian flight fee may be waived after obtaining approval from the EIA and raising the matter to DNATA.
Please reach out to EIA for quotation and information. Below is the contact information.
Erbil International Airport
Ayub Sh Ali
The airport is secured by the local Kurdistan Government security forces. Passengers are not allowed to drive their own vehicles to the airport. Only one taxi company is authorized to drive passengers to the airport. Two security checks are conducted prior to reaching the airport. The first security check point is carried out to the vehicles and luggage. The second check is conducted in area (approximately 2 km from the airport) where bags are scanned. The airport authorities provide free-of-charge transportation from this area to the airport.