Regional Studies Center held a seminar by Dr. Nawfal Qassim Al-Shahwan, "Director of the Center", for his research entitled "Construction of Al-Sahhaji International Airport in Nineveh Governorate: a Study in Economic Feasibility", in the presence of the Center's researchers on May 18, 2022.

"Al-Shahwan" indicated that the research aims to present an economic, technical and financial feasibility study for the establishment of Al-Sahhaji International Airport in west Mosul, with an assessment of the criteria for the decision to build or not, and to discuss the investment decision in light of the results of the assessment. In addition to the negotiating obstacles that prevent its implementation with the French side and the company nominated for construction and the method of carrying out with the French loan provided to the Iraqi government, as well as the relevant authorities such as the Civil Aviation Authority and related institutions.

The "researcher" added that his research included a review of several axes that included the airport's environmental, demographic and sectorial information, economic feasibility criteria, technical feasibility, restrictions, and obstacles.

Al-Shahwan stressed that the study estimates six criteria for the decision to establish, with economic, social, and technical feasibility axes. The construction accounts on the ground take a period of three years for the airport to work directly starting from (2035) until (2069). The study assumes the exploitation of the next ten years after (2023) for air transport services for the old airport, and then moving to Al-Sahhaji International Airport for transport services with air freight with large aircraft that need a runway (3 km) or more and global technical data. The results of the estimation were encouraging for the investment decision, with successive returns and positive net present values of internal returns, a point equivalent to about (75%) and a payback period of (5.48) years; An economically and socially sound investment decision with savings that support the domestic product.

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