Iraq is planning to build a new airport in the capital Baghdad within post-war plans to develop its infrastructure and services, an official was quoted on Wednesday as saying. 

Hussein Ali, manager of the current Baghdad International Airport, said expansion of this airport has almost been completed with the construction of a new runway. 

He told Aliqtisad News network that the runway replaced a damaged runway that has been out of service for nearly six years. 

“There are plans to build a new airport in Baghdad….we have supplied the concerned authorities with maps of a new land for this project,” he said without providing further details. 

OPEC member Iraq has been locked in a massive drive to rebuild its transport sector with new airports and the construction of one of the world’s largest container terminals in the Southern Port of Faw. 

(Writing by Nadim Kawach; Editing by Anoop Menon)