Menzies joint venture inaugurates cargo operations at Baghdad International

The endeavour with Iraqi Airways is set to enhance customer experience and safety measures at the hub

Menzies Aviation has revealed that its joint venture with Iraqi Airways, MASIL, has begun freight operations at Baghdad International Airport, alongside the launch of its ‘Cargo Go Live’ scheme.

The collaborative project – which is also made up of Air BP Limited and construction company, Al Burhan Group – initiated services at the West Asia hub in January. This was after being awarded a contract by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) for the delivery of specialised facilities.

Freight solutions will be provided by a team of 65 employees to customers including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, DHL, MNG Airlines, Silk Way Airlines, Egypt Air, Middle East Airlines, Royal Jordanian and flydubai.

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Charles Wyley, EVP Middle East, Asia and Africa at Menzies Aviation, said: “We are delighted that our cargo operations have now gone live at Baghdad International Airport, following a lot of hard work and dedication from the MASIL team. As we begin to support our cargo customers at Baghdad, we are also delivering against our objective of developing the airport’s operating procedures and training schemes.

“Our cargo manifesto, which sets out our strategy for developing a world-class air cargo facility, will see us sharing our deep experience and knowledge to build a safe, compliant and sustainable cargo operation at Baghdad.”

Training modules have been made available to the workforce under the ‘Cargo Go Live’ initiative, which comprises dangerous goods, safety management, security and specialised handling techniques. These are set to enhance customer experience and safety measures.

There are also plans to implement new technological systems at the airport that will help streamline processes.