Iraq seeks bidders to build new $2.5bn airport
Facility would be country's largest with capacity for 20m passengers
Iraq is in the process of choosing a contractor for a new $2.5bn airport.
According to The National, the airport will be built near the provinces of Karbala, Najaf and Hilla. It is expected to serve around 20m passengers a year, which would make it the country's biggest airport and a new hub for national flag carrier Iraqi Airways.
The director-general of Iraq's Civil Aviation Authority, Nasser Hussein, that firms from the UAE, Turkey, Italy, the US and Germany had all been invited to bid to build the new facility.
"God willing, the first phase of the airport project will begin in October, which includes a runway and a terminal. The second phase will include another runway and terminal," Mr Hussein said.
He added that private finance would be sought to help build the airport, but that its construction was not dependent on it with the authority willing to provide full backing if required.