EIA wins “Fastest Airline Award”
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.