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KRG PM hosts groundbreaking for Duhok International Airport

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani today hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new international airport in Duhok.

Duhok International Airport will be the third airport in the Kurdistan Region. After its completion in 2015, travellers will have direct international access to each of the Region’s three provinces.

Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of airports to the ever-growing trade, investment and tourism in the Kurdistan Region. “The building of airports in all of Kurdistan’s provinces paves the way to the outside world. This is a vehicle to open up a Region that is closed to the world. This airport is a bridge between a land locked nation and the outside world,” he said.

Emphasising the progress that the Region has experienced over the past several years, the Prime Minister said, “The steadfastness of the Kurdish people, and the assistance of our friends around the world, has allowed us to reach this day,” adding, “…this is a national achievement even more than it is just an airport for Duhok province.”

The Prime Minister went on to thank the international companies participating in the project, including the Lebanese Dar Al-Handasa Engineering, which designed the facilities, ADPI of France, Makyol construction company, and a team from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport which will supervise the construction.

Kurdistan’s other two airports in Erbil and Slemani already provide direct flights to more than 25 destinations in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Commercial flights to Erbil began in 2005, and the $550 million state-of-the-art Erbil International Airport (EIA) opened for business in March 2010. Now one of the fastest growing airports in the world, EIA saw a 37% increase in traffic between 2010 and 2011, for a total of 620,000 passengers. And in the first two quarters of 2012, passenger numbers indicate that the growth rate will rise to around 50% this year.

The Deputy Minister of the federal Iraqi Ministry of Transport, who has provided a great deal of support to the project, was present at today’s ceremony, as was the Head of Iraqi Airways and representatives from the Iraqi Aviation Authority.

In addition to many members of the local business and diplomatic communities, the ceremony was also attended by the KRG Minister of Transport and Communication, Mr Jonson Siyaoosh, the Minister of Municipalities and Tourism, Mr Dilshad Shahab, and the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy, Mr Rasheed Tahir.

(Source: KRG)

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KRG PM Barzani Announces Duhok International Airport

By John Lee.

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani this week announced that the foundation stone for Duhok International Airport will be laid within two months. The future airport will further strengthen tourism and trade links in Duhok, which is one of Iraq’s most prosperous governorates.

The premier’s news came in a statement also unveiling broader government investment in a range of public works, including a healthcare project to build hospitals in the city, town and districts of Duhok. Addressing the issue of the current shortfall in Kurdistan’s infrastructure, he said, “We want to create an organized foundation for an optimistic future.”

During his visit to the province, Prime Minister Barzani met with the Governor of Duhok Tamar Ramadhan and other Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials to discuss the airport as well as the construction of more schools and hospitals in the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Transport and Communications and international construction companies are currently in negotiations on an agreement to build the first international airport to be located within the Governorate of Duhok. The proposed builders have been invited by the Ministry to assemble a team of investors, developers, construction and concessionaire companies to finance, build and operate the airport.

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Work to Begin on Duhok Airport in 2 Months

The Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani (pictured), has announced that the foundation stone for the new Duhok Airport will be laid within two months.

AKnews reports that he said that his government will soon begin building hospitals in the city, town and districts of Duhok.

The news comes after Barzani’s meeting with Duhok governor and officials, at which he also discussed the construction of more schools in the Kurdistan Region, especially in Shangal and Zummar.

He added: “We want to create an organized foundation for an optimistic future.”

(Source: AKnews)

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Dohuk Residents Compensated for Airport

The media and relation officer for Dohuk Municipality said 771 families in the province will be paid for giving up their lands for Dohuk International Airport.

Ismael Mustafa told AKnews the families in Semele district, who have been living in the area for the past 15 years, each will be paid 22 million Iraqi Dinars [approx $18,000].

The municipality has also decided to give plots of land in a nearby area to the members of those families who have recently married.

(Source: AKnews)

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