Iraqi airport first for venture involving Edinburgh-headquartered Menzies Aviation

A joint venture involving Edinburgh-headquartered Menzies Aviation has been awarded a contract to provide services at Baghdad International Airport.

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority has awarded an exclusive contract for the delivery of ground handling, cargo and fuelling services at the airport to Menzies’ joint venture with Iraqi Airways, trading as MASIL.

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) has awarded an exclusive contract for the delivery of ground handling, cargo and fuelling services at the airport to Menzies’ joint venture (JV) with Iraqi Airways, trading as MASIL.

The venture is listed as the United Iraqi Company for Airports and Ground Handling Services and is a JV involving Iraqi Airways, Air BP, Menzies Aviation and Al Burhan Group.

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It is the first licence of its kind to be awarded by the ICAA to a foreign aviation services company.

The award comes as the country looks to global industry players to help grow its aviation industry, a key driver for the economy, with plans to upgrade infrastructure and services at Iraq’s largest airport, Baghdad International.

Charles Wyley at Menzies Aviation said: “We are pleased to have been awarded the exclusive contract at Baghdad International Airport and we look forward to supporting the development of Iraq’s world class operating procedures and training schemes.

“Menzies provides passenger, ramp and cargo services at over 200 airports globally and we’re excited to share our unparalleled experience to help build knowledge and competence within the workforce in Baghdad.”

Menzies Aviation is a major global provider of passenger, ramp and cargo services. It operates at 200-plus airports in 34 countries.

In 2019, prior to the pandemic hitting the industry, Menzies Aviation handled 1.2 million aircraft turns per year, 1.5 million tonnes of cargo and fuelling for 3.6 million turnarounds.

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