After a 10-year hiatus, Iraq’s Mosul International Airport is expected to resume flights next year following the defeat of the so-called ISIS terrorist group.
The Mosul Airport was captured by ISIS in June 2014 and was used as a military base during the Zionist group’s reign, which wiped entire villages and populations of the map.
But in 2017, the Iraqi forces were able to regain the Kurdish capital city and the airport from the infamous in black draped group and declared victory over the terror organization.
Following the Daesh fall, the Mosul Airport was rebuilt by two major Turkish companies. Mehmet Sinan Turkan, the Airport Project Manager at 77 Insaat, said the company successfully assumed control of the Mosul Airport project in September 2022.
We initially focused on removing debris and clearing the site of the collapsed Airport. Turkan said that the repair of the Airport runway began last December, 2022.
In March, three C-130 aircraft successfully test landed at the Mosul Airport. Turkan noted that the construction of various sections at the Mosul Airport as service facilities, control towers and outer walls is still underway.
The reconstruction of the Airport will be completed by the end of 2024, and it will be re-opened to civilian flights.
Turkish Consul-General in Mosul, Mehmet Kucuksakalli, said around four million Iraqi residents of Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the provincial capital, had to travel from Mosul to Erbil or Baghdad for domestic or international destinations.
The two Turkish companies and Turkish engineers and workers are exerting strenuous efforts to finish the Airport reconstruction at the earliest possible time.
The Iraqi authorities have provided the necessary facilities to our companies, the Consul-General added. I believe that the project will be completed on schedule. The Turkish diplomat voiced hope that the first flight from the Mosul Airport will head to Turkiye.
Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point News 2023.