Singapore consortium gets Iraq airport job

SINGAPORE: A Singapore consortium has been chosen to provide ground services a Baghdad airport when it resumes commercial operations, two government-linked firms involved in the deal said.  

Keppel Corp and Singapore Airport Terminal Services Ltd (SATS) confirmed their involvement in the consortium over the weekend. SATS is the ground handling and catering arm of Singapore Airlines. “We are finalising the partnership agreement and contract,” a Keppel spokeswoman said.  

The contract had been won by a consortium led by unlisted Singapore trading and logistics firm Windmill International, The Straits Times reported. They would provide ground-handling, cargo and baggage services at the airport, beating bids from rivals from the US, Europe and the Middle East, the report said. The contract, worth US$5mil to US$8mil, is for a period of 12 to 18 months, with a provision for renewal. 

Baghdad International Airport is due to reopen later this month. Formerly known as Saddam International Airport, it was closed after US-led forces attacked Iraq earlier this year and deposed President Saddam Hussein. – Reuters  

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