By John Lee.
The Iraqi Government and Lufthansa Consulting continue their successful collaboration to establish international standards for the country’s future aviation development:
During the recent Iraqi-German Business Forum in Berlin, the Governor of the Nineveh Governorate, H.E. Athil Abdulazeez Al Najafi, and Lufthansa Consulting signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the development of Mosul International Airport in the provincial capital in North-Western Iraq.
Since August 2011 the German management consulting company has provided consultancy in previous projects by evaluating and optimizing the ground handling requirements and services at Iraq’s major airports Baghdad, Basra and Mosul.
The latest agreement concerning Mosul International Airport covers the definition of the airport strategy and airport marketing, the search for new airlines and the expansion of aviation-related business such as catering, aircraft maintenance as well as the training of qualified staff.
Furthermore, Lufthansa Consulting will prepare the privatization of ground services at the Iraqi airports. The aviation experts have been commissioned exclusively by the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Iraq to manage the tender process in a concession procedure where the government requires a strategic partner with substantial ground handling experience.
The overall project aim is to raise Iraq's air traffic back to an international level and to attract new clients to the country’s airports in the future.
(Source: Lufthansa Consulting)