Erbil International Airport serves the city of Erbil, in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in Northern Iraq. Since opening a new terminal in September 2010 the airport has seen rapid growth in passenger numbers. Traffic was up 22% in 2010 and in 2011 demand was up 37% to just over 620,000 passengers. Last week saw Qatar Airways launch a four-times weekly service to Doha making it the airport’s 13th carrier to offer scheduled services and bringing to 25 the number of destinations served non-stop from the airport. The last week has seen the launch of new weekly flights to Amsterdam with Transavia.com and twice-weekly flights to Tehran with Mahan Air. In the first four months of 2012 passenger numbers are up 52% with April setting a new record of 84,275 departing and arriving passengers.
Three new airlines already in 2012
Since the beginning of 2010 Erbil has seen the arrival of several high-profile foreign carriers including Etihad, flydubai, Mahan Air and Qatar Airways from the Middle East; airberlin, Germania, Lufthansa, Pegasus, Transavia.com and Turkish Airlines from Europe.
|Launch date||Airline||Destination (Code)||WF (Aircraft)|
|6 February 2010||airberlin||Düsseldorf (DUS)||1 (B738)|
|6 February 2010||airberlin||Munich (MUC)||1 (B738)|
|25 April 2010||Lufthansa||Frankfurt (FRA)||4 (A319)|
|1 June 2010||Etihad||Abu Dhabi (AUH)||2 (A320)|
|16 July 2010||flydubai||Dubai (DXB)||2 (B738)|
|1 December 2010||Germania||Munich (MUC)||1 (B73G)|
|14 April 2011||Turkish Airlines||Istanbul Ataturk (IST)||2 (B738)|
|4 July 2011||Cyprus Airways||Larnaca (LCA)||1 (A320)|
|29 August 2011||Egyptair||Cairo (CAI)||3 (A320)|
|30 October 2011||Pegasus||Ankara (ESB)||3 (B738)|
|23 May 2012||Qatar Airways||Doha (DOH)||4 (A320)|
|7 June 2012||Transavia.com||Amsterdam (AMS)||1 (B738)|
|11 June 2012||Mahan Airlines||Tehran (IKA)||2 (A310)|
|Source: anna.aero New Route Database
WF: Weekly Frequency
Despite all these foreign carriers and their routes the airport’s biggest carrier remains Iraqi Airways which offers domestic flights to Baghdad, Basra and Sulamaniyah and international services to Amman (Jordan), Beirut (Lebanon), Dubai (UAE), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Istanbul (Turkey).