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Karbala International Airport[1] (Arabic: مَطَار كَرْبَلَاء ٱلدَُوَلِِي‎, romanizedMaṭār Karbalāʾ Ad-Duwalī) is an airport under development in Karbala Governorate, Iraq. It is located between the cities of Najaf and Karbala, about 20 mi (32 km) to the southeast of Karbala. It was expected to be Iraq's largest airport upon completion, and to receive an inaugural flight in July 2018,[2] but has been affected by corruption.[3]

Karbala International Airport

مَطَار كَرْبَلَاء ٱلدَُوَلِِي (in Arabic)
Airport typePublic (Under Development)
LocationKarbala Governorate, Iraq
Coordinates32°21′53″N 44°12′14″E / 32.36472°N 44.20389°E / 32.36472; 44.20389 (Karbala International Apt)
Karbala International Airport is located in Iraq
Karbala International Airport
Karbala International Airport

History and descriptionEdit

The foundation stone of Karbala International Airport was laid by Shaikh Abdul-Mahdi al-Karbala'i, a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali as-Sistani, and Chief Cleric of Imam Husayn Holy Shrine, in January 2017. It is being constructed by the United Kingdom's Copperchase Ltd.,[2][3][4] and designed by the French ADBI Company. At 4.5 km (2.8 miles), the airport's runway is the longest of its kind in Iraq. According to Al-Karbala'i, it was not meant to compete with other airports, but only to serve pilgrims going to the Mosques of Imam Husayn and Abbas.[2][5][6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ MEED. 42. Economic East Economic Digest. 2018. pp. 38–48.
  2. ^ a b c AFP (January 23, 2017). "Iraq builds new airport in Karbala to handle pilgrims". The News. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "$500 MILLION AIRPORT SCANDAL EXPOSES INDUSTRIAL SCALE CORRUPTION IN HOLY KARBALA". Foreign Relations Bureau - Iraq. 2017-03-07. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  4. ^ Al Ansary, Khalid (January 24, 2017). "U.K. Company Building Iraq Airport to Fly Millions of Pilgrims". Bloomberg. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Tekmaji, Ali (January 24, 2017). "Representative of Supreme Religious Authority lays foundation stone of Karbala Int'l Airport". Imam Hussein Holy Shrine. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  6. ^ Tekmaji, Ali (2017-05-16). "Minister of Transport: Karbala International Airport will be the largest and most important airport in Iraq". Imam Hussein Holy Shrine. Retrieved 2018-11-20.

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