Menzies joint venture wins Iraqi ground handling contract

This is the first license to be awarded by the ICAA to a foreign aviation services company


The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) has awarded Menzies Aviation’s joint venture with Iraqi Airways – known as MASIL – a contract to deliver ground handling, cargo and fuelling services at Baghdad International Airport.

MASIL is a collaborative project between Iraqi Airways, Air BP Limited, AI Burhan Group and Menzies Aviation. The license is the first of its kind to be granted by the ICAA to a foreign aviation services firm.

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Iraq is currently looking to international businesses for opportunities to grow within the sector, with hopes that infrastructure and services at Baghdad International can expand in the future. The airport currently handles all aircraft movements for Iraq Airways, Fly Baghdad, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Turkish Airlines.

Charles Wyley, EVP Middle East, Asia and Africa at Menzies Aviation, said: “We are pleased to have been awarded the exclusive contract at Baghdad International Airport and we look forward to supporting the development of Iraq’s world class operating procedures and training schemes. Menzies provides passenger, ramp and cargo services at over 200 airports globally and we’re excited to share our unparalleled experience to help build knowledge and competence within the workforce in Baghdad.”

Commencement of the shared venture began yesterday (Jan 21). Those involved aim to put their professional industry experience into practice to help improve customer satisfaction and safety standards at the airport.