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Brief History
“Silk Road of the Airways”

Since 15 December 2003 the first aircraft landed at Erbil Airport,
EIA has been the gateway toward the world as a civil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan

Erbil International Airport is built on the same location where was used as an airfield and military base until 1991 by Al-Ba’th regime. After topping down the previous Iraqi regime in 2003, KRG decided to build a civil airport to be the gateway towards the world.

On July 1st, 2003 the construction of the airport began and on December 15th, 2003 the first aircraft landed at Erbil airport and flight between Kurdistan Region and the neighboring countries started afterwards until 2005 when direct flights from Kurdistan to Europe started by Kurdistan Airlines.

Due to the increase of the number of passengers and flights, KRG decided to expand the airport terminal and also reconstruct the runway.

The KRG PM, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, formally opened the project after it was completed on 29th, April 2005, and after that on 26th, May 2005 the Airport was given an (ICAO) code (ORER).

Because of the importance of the air transportation and to encourage the Kurdistan Guide and also to develop Erbil airport to reach an international standards KRG decided to construct a new airport to be one of the biggest civil airport done after the toppling of the former regime. The British company, Scott Wilson, was to design the new airport and (Makyol Cengiz) company in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipalities was to implement the project.

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