Ground handling specialist Menzies Aviation has expanded its joint venture with Iraqi Airways to offer passenger services at Baghdad International Airport.
Menzies Aviation Services Iraq Limited (MASIL) has now assumed operational control of passenger service activities in the Nineveh Terminal at Baghdad International. As part of the 400-strong team already on the ground, 155 MASIL employees will provide passenger services to Iraqi Airways. The partnership is already delivering ground-handling services for Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egyptair, flydubai and Middle East Airlines.
As part of its long-term strategy for developing the airport’s services, MASIL will implement programs to further enhance the skills of the local workforce to improve customer experience, safety and security standards.
Charles Wyley, executive vice president, Middle East, Africa and Asia at Menzies Aviation, said, “We’re delighted that MASIL is going from strength to strength in Baghdad, from the launch of our Cargo Go Live initiative a few months ago to the commencement of passenger service activities. One of the key aims for MASIL is to support the development of Iraqi nationals to assume key positions within the business going forward and we’re pleased to see our advanced training programs are already underway. This partnership comes at an exciting and important juncture in Iraq’s aviation history as the country looks to upgrade key infrastructure and services at Baghdad International Airport to enable growth and return to being a key regional and international hub for aviation.”