EIA wins “Fastest Air­line Award”

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Air­port (EIA) has been la­belled as the fastest de­vel­op­ing air­port in Mid­dle East, Asia and Africa. An In­ter­na­tional com­mit­tee at the Emerg­ing Mar­kets Air­port Show in Dubai se­lected EIA as 2012’s fastest de­vel­op­ing air­port with less than 5 mil­lion trav­el­ers. The award was re­ceived by Talar Faiq, Di­rec­tor of EIA. The EIA has 13 flights per day trans­fer­ring 2950 trav­el­ers. Its ter­mi­nal has the ca­pac­ity of 3 mil­lion trav­el­ers per year. Cur­rently, EIA has flight ser­vices to 15 coun­tries, and 23 cities around the world with 21 air­lines op­er­at­ing flights.

The num­ber of trav­el­ers us­ing EIA in­creased to 53% in 2012. This means a to­tal of 947,000 trav­el­ers used EIA last year. The growth in cargo size of EIA has been re­mark­able at 54%, with a to­tal cargo trans­fer of 27,489 tons. The pos­i­tive feed­back from pas­sen­gers, and the steady growth of EIA in a rel­a­tively short pe­riod of time sur­prised the com­mit­tee. Dur­ing the award cer­e­mony the head of the com­mit­tee said, “The award we are giv­ing EIA to­day is in re­turn to the devel­op­ment this air­port has achieved in this short pe­riod of time. More­over it is to re­it­er­ate the idea that build­ing a safe, sta­ble and good air­port like this in a short time is worth ap­pre­ci­a­tion”.

Talar Faiq de­liv­ered a suc­cinct speech af­ter re­ceiv­ing the award. She ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to the com­mit­tee, ‘This award is an honor for the Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Air­port. I would like to thank the head of the com­mit­tee for his kind re­marks and his ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the de­vel­op­ments that is go­ing on in Kur­dis­tan”. She went on to ex­plain that “2012 was a year full of ac­tiv­i­ties and chal­lenges, yet full of success for the EIA”. Faiq ac­knowl­edged the cur­rent air­lines that have flights to EIA, “We would like to thank the air­lines that have flights to the EIA and Kur­dis­tan. We are ex­pect­ing other air­lines to start flights due to the in­creas­ing de­mand and fast devel­op­ment of Kur­dis­tan’s econ­omy.”

The first fe­male di­rec­tor in Kur­dis­tan cred­ited her staff and direc­tors within EIA, and ap­pre­ci­ated their hard work, “An air­port may have the best equip­ment, fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture, but with­out a team of qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced staff, the man­age­ment can­not be suc­cess­ful.”

EIA’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral also ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to­wards the com­pa­nies work­ing with the air­port and help­ing de­velop their sys­tems, pro­cesses as well as help­ing in build­ing a team of qual­i­fied and pro­fes­sional staff in a new spe­cial­iza­tion that was not pre­vi­ously known in this re­gion. This, ac­cord­ing to Faiq, is a great success for the air­port.

On re­ceiv­ing the award she said, “This is an honor for our air­port and en­cour­ages us to try harder for achiev­ing more success,” Faiq stated dur­ing the cer­e­mony. “We are a gate­way to Kur­dis­tan and we will con­tinue per­form­ing our du­ties in serv­ing all par­ties us­ing our ser­vices.”

Di­rec­tor of Er­bil In­ter­na­tional Air­port Talar Faiq re­ceives the award at the Emerg­ing Mar­kets Air­port Show in Dubai.

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