Kirkuk Air Base
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|Operator||Iraqi Air Force|
|Elevation AMSL||1,061 ft / 323 m|
Since 2003 it as used by the U.S. Air Force as a military airport. It was returned to the Iraqi Army in November 2011. In 2012, the Iraqi Transportation Ministry decided to move the military section to another location, a prerequisite for turning the air base into a civilian airport.
Kirkuk Airport is planned to open for domestic and international flights in late 2019.
Kirkuk Regional Air Base was home to the 506th Air Expeditionary Group. The group maintained base security, conducted safe flying operations and actively supported base agencies in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and other U.S. Air Forces Central and U.S. Central Command contingency plans.
Approximately 1,000 active-duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen were assigned to the 506th AEG during any given Air Expeditionary Force rotation. Additionally, approximately 5,000 soldiers are assigned to the installation, commonly known as Forward Operating Base Warrior. As of July 2011, the majority of these soldiers were assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, U.S. 1st Infantry Division, and the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division.
Among the base agencies the 506th AEG actively supports is the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).
Airlines and destinations
The airport reopened to civilian aircraft in 2018.
Currently only Iraqi Airways operates flights from Baghdad.
Kirkuk RAB lies in northeastern region of Iraq in the outskirts of the city of Kirkuk, one of the largest metropolitan areas in Iraq. Kirkuk is approximately 180 mi (290 km) north of Baghdad.
- Airport information for ORKK at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- "Military section of Kirkuk airport to be moved". 23 February 2012.
- Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team
- Kurdistan24. "Kirkuk International Airport to reopen next week: Governor". Kurdistan24. Retrieved 2019-07-11.