Lufthansa Consulting has secured a contract from the Iraqi Ministry of Transport to evaluate ground-handling requirements at Baghdad International Airport and the airports of Basra and Mosul.
The Iraqi Government is seeking to reconstruct the country's aviation system following years of disruption that have ravaged the airport infrastructure.
As part of the development project, Lufthansa Consulting is tasked with optimising the ground-handling services at Iraq's main airports and establishing international standards.
The new ground-handling operation will prepare the country for an increase in traffic flow and airline requirements, ranging from aircraft handling to processing passengers and their baggage.
In phase I of the project, Lufthansa Consulting will develop an action plan for the airports.
The Lufthansa Consulting team has conducted intensive assessments by inspecting the relevant processes and procedures of the airport facilities at Baghdad, Basra and Mosul, and have performed interviews with all stakeholders related to ground operations.
In phase II, Lufthansa will be responsible for managing the tender procedure and for tendering the ground-handling licences for the three airports to international companies.
Under the contract, the consultants will offer recommendations for improvements in all the relevant fields of ground-handling operations.
The findings of the phase I assessments will form part of the tender documentation, and will have a bearing on the expected service levels and investments.
The main aim of the project is to ensure the airports' operational readiness by 2012.
Caption: Lufthansa Consulting will evaluate the ground-handling requirements at three Iraqi international airports.