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Sulaimaniyah International Airport



On December 2003 the work was started by one of the specialist Turkish company to construct Sulaimaniyah International Airport according to the ICAO specifications. It is planned to construct the airport through two stages:


Stage One:

Constructions of Arrival, Departure and the VIP terminals. The work was completed on 15th June 2005 and all terminals are ready for use now.


Stage Two:

a) Construction of the following:

        1. Aerodrome Control Tower.

         2. Runway with its lighting systems and markings.

         3. Taxiways with their lighting systems and markings.

         4. Apron with all related lights and markings.

         5. Fire Fighting Station.

         6. Meteorological Station with all related equipment.

         7. Catering Building with all required equipment and facilities.

         8. Cargo building.

         9. Aviation Security Office.

         10. Administration Building.

         11. Car Park.

         12.  Aerodrome Fence with its related Guard Towers.

         13.  Service Road surrounding the airport. 
         14. potable & water treatment system


b) Installation of the followings:

        1. Navigational Aids.

        2. Voice and Data Communication Systems.

        3. Airfield Lighting Systems.

        4. Visual Aids

 This stage is finished on 4th Sept 2005 .

Opening Date

The airport has been opened for operations to all types of aircraft and all flights (Passengers and Cargo) on 20th July 2005


Airport Location

The airport is located west of Sulaymaniyah city at 15 km distance from the city center.

Its coordinates are:

35˚33′38.88′ N

045˚18′52.98′ E (located at the center of the runway)



Airport Area

The total area of the airport is approximately 13.5 square kilometers.


Airport Capacity

The total capacity of the airport terminals is 1.5 million passengers per year, with high possibility to be increased to 3 million passengers per year.

Airport Terminals

Departure Terminal

Total Area:       1000 square meters 

Capacity:          350 passengers

It includes the following:

Waiting hall
Information desk
X-Ray machines
Immigration desks and offices
Check Out Desks
Baggage Belts
Arrival Terminal
Total Area:       800 square meters

Capacity:          300 Passengers

It includes the followings:

           1.Waiting Hall

           2. Immigration Desks and Offices

           3. Bank and Post Office

           4. Customs

           5. Shops

           6. Tourist Office
           7. Mosque 


VIP Terminal

Its Total Area is 250 square meters with well furnished large sitting room.



Connecting Building

It connects between the Departure and Arrival Terminals and includes the followings:

Airport manager office
Flight crew room
Flight operation office
Briefing office (ATC and MET)
Medical facilities room
Meeting Hall
Staff restaurant
Control and monitoring room

Catering Building

Total area is 461 square meters. Equipped will all required equipment and facilities.


Cargo Building

Total area 250000 square meters.


Aerodrome Control Tower

Constructed on an area of about 82 square meters with 31 meters height. Designed to achieve the required vision for the Air Traffic Controller at all directions. The tower is equipped with all required equipment and facilities according to the ICAO standards.


Fire Fighting Station

Total area is 620 square meters. It is connected by special roads to the runway, taxiways and apron. Designed to accommodate large Fire Fighting Trucks, Class Room, and Early Warning office and work shop.


Administration and Technical Building
Two floors building, constructed on an area of 1140 square meters, which includes the Director General’s office, administration, finance, Engineering auditing and legal offices.


Runway Physical Characteristic

Designation:              31/13

Surface:                    Concrete                                      

True Bearing:            313.35˚ / 133.35˚

Magnetic bearing      310˚ / 130 ˚

Length:                     3500M (11667FT)

Width:                      45M (150Ft) with 7.5M (25Ft) shoulders on each side.

PCN:                         85/R/C/Y/T

Threshold:                RWY 31:       35˚33′00.43258″ N      045˚19′43.68297″ E

Coordinates:             RWY 13:       35˚34′17.73145″  N     045˚18′01.89884″ E

Threshold:                RWY 31:  743.7395m (2440 Ft)
Elevation :                RWY 13:  759.7578m (2492 Ft)

Runway Slope: 0.6 %


Declared Distance



Runway 31

Runway 13


3500M (11667FT)

3500M (11667FT)


3800M (12464FT)

3800M (12464FT)


3500M (11667FT)

3500M (11667FT)


3500m (11667FT)

3500M (11667FT)


Taxiways Characteristic

 Main Taxiway parallel to the runway. Its length 3500 meters (11667FT), width 30 meters (100FT) with 3 meters shoulders on each side.

Two High Speed Taxiways for the connection of Runway and Main Taxiway. The width of each is 27 meters (90FT) with 7.5M (25FT) shoulders on each side. All Taxiways Surfaces are Concrete.


 Apron Characteristics

Surface:                                 Concrete

Area:                                      50,000 square meters

Aircraft Stand Positions:        4 Positions  


Air Navigation & Communication Systems

The Airport is equipped with the following Air Navigation and Communication Systems:


Air Navigation

  Airport is equipped with Doppler Very High Frequency Omni Directional Radio Range(D/VOR) and Instrument Landing System Category І ( ILS CAT I ) for Rumway 31 and Runway 13 both collocated with DME / P

 Communication Systems

        1. Air - Ground VHF Voice Communication System.

        2. Air - Ground UHF Voice Communication System.

        3. VHF/UHF Emergency Frequencies: VHF 121.5 MHZ and UHF 243 MHZ

        4. Ground - Ground Voice Communication System through Telephone Lines.

        5. Ground - Ground Communication system through AFTN.


Visual Aids for Navigation

         1. Wind Direction indicator

         2. Runway and Taxiway Markings

         3. Apron Markings

         4. Aerodrome Beacon

         5. Approach Lighting System

         6. Precision Approach Path Indicator ( PAPI)

         7. Runway Edge Lights

         8. Runway Threshold lights

         9. Runway End Light

         10.Taxiway Edge Lights

         11. Apron Flooding Lights

         12.  Mandatory Instruction Signs

         13. Aircraft Stand Identification Signs

         14. Information Sign
          15. REILS


Air Traffic Services (ATS)

Sulaimaniyah Aerodrome Control Tower

Call Sign:        Sulaimaniyah Tower

Frequency : 118.3MHZ

Since the airport is approved by Iraqi Civil aviation Authority as class " D " airspace , so the services provided are:  

         1.      Aerodrome Control Service

         2.      Flight Information Service.

         3.      Alerting Service

         4.      Traffic Information.


Instrument Approach procedures, Aerodrome traffic circuit, Standard Arrival routes (STARS), Standard Departure routes (SIDs) Charts :

Aerodrome Chart

Aerodrome Obstacle Chart

Aerodrome Layout and Signs

Instrument Approach Chart - ILS/DME RWY31

Instrument Approach Chart - ILS/DME RWY13
Instrument Approach Chart - VOR RWY13

Instrument Approach Chart - VOR RWY31

Standard Instrument Arrival (STAR) Chart Runway 31

Standard Instrument Arrival (STAR) Chart Runway 13

Standard Instrument Departure (SID) Chart Runway 13

Standard Instrument Departure (SID) Chart Runway 31
Aerodrome Traffic circuits for Sulaimaniyah International Airport



Airport History

The first stone was put on November, 29- 2003, the project was started on December 23- 2003 the airport was accomplished in two main Stages:

Stage I:

Constructing Terminal Building started on December, 23-2003 and finished on November, 15-2004.

Stage II: Constructing the main components of the airport and facilities Building:

Main Runway 3500 m. 45m width with two side shoulders. Each 7.5m.
Parallel Taxiway 3500 m, 30 m width with two side shoulders each 3 meter.
Two rapid Taxiways.
Two connection Taxiways between Runway and Taxiway.
Apron width 50000m2.
Two connector Taxiways between parallel Taxiway and Apron.
Technical and Administration Building.
Control Tower.
Main power supply
Metrology Building
Fire fighting and Rescue Building
Security Building.
Garage for heavy Vehicle.
Shad for Apron Vehicles.
Main Entrance Building.
Security Towers.
Navigation systems ILS CAT, DVOR, DME.
Communicating systems. AFTN, ATIS, VHF-UHF.
Portable water system.
Sewerage system and treatment units.
Fuel storage and Fuel station.
Runway lighting system.
Approach Lighting system CAT 1.
Taxiway and Apron Lighting system.
AWOS, Automatic weather observation system.
Main access and inner Roads.
Security Road -16 KM.
Street and Fence Lighting system.
Telephone system.
Radio System (Motorala).

Area m2 3500
Departure hall m2 1000.
Arrival hall m2 800.
VIP homage. M2 250.
Detection system.
Rapiscan Security Machine