Najaf's government has allocated 15 billion IQD ($13 million USD) to develop Najaf International Airport, according to AKnews.
The governor of Najaf, Adnan al-Zarafi told AKnews that the development plans will include updating equipment, expanding the apron and improving mechanisms for dealing with more traffic.
A new committee has been formed by the Council to study a 700-page proposal made by a foreign company.
The General Authority for Antiquities warned against expansion of some facilities at the expense of sites of ancient city of Najaf, especially Hira city.
The head of the authority, Qais Hussein Rashid said:
"The official parties and educated people in Najaf will not allow the expansion of the airport at the expense of the archaeological sites. As for the sites that are located near residential neighborhoods, we will find financial allocations needed to surround them with a fence to be protected."