The main airport that serves Erbil city within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is the Erbil International Airport. The airport is among the two international airports within the Kurdistan Region, along with Sulaymaniyah Airport. Erbil International Airport has an old airport and a new airport. The old airport is around 7,000 square metres or 75,000 square feet, while the new airport however, which was opened in 2010, has been built next to the old airport. The new airport features a concrete runway that is among the world’s longest, with its approximately 4,800 metre by 90 metre, or 15,700 feet by 295 feet measurements. The airport has two runways; one of the runways spans an estimated 2,800 metres or 9,200 feet in length.
What to see & do
Erbil or Hewlêr is the largest city and is the capital of the Kurdistan Region within Iraq. The climate within Erbil is hot-summer Mediterranean, with temperatures recorded at around an annual average high of 27.2 degrees Celsius, or 80.98 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 13.22 degrees Celsius or 55.79 degrees Fahrenheit, and a daily mean of 20.18 degrees Celsius or 68.32 degrees Fahrenheit. In 2014, the city has been officially appointed as the Arab Tourism Capital of the year, by the Arab Council of Tourism, while in July of the same year, Erbil Citadel has been appointed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spots to be visited within Erbil include The Erbil Citadel, Kurdish Textile Museum, Syriac Heritage Museum, Erbil Civilization Museum, Minaret Park, along with Shanidar Park. Other sights to be seen within Erbil include the Erbil Qaysari Bazaars, the Mudhafaria Minaret, Sami Rahman Park, Franso Hariri Stadium, among others.
How to get around
When getting around Erbil, public transportation options include taxis and buses. There are also private drivers available from various three to four-star hotels. These drivers are able to help you show what the area has to offer. When taking taxis within Erbil, one option is Hello Taxi. These taxis are also known as the city’s branded taxi company which has English-speaking drivers, albeit with highly inflated rates. These taxicabs accept US Dollars and offer rides from the airport to central Erbil. Another option is the street taxis, which are often the generic independent taxis roaming about within the immediate area. These taxis are able to take passengers to most places within Erbil and Ankawa. PNK Taxis on the other hand are taxis by exclusively by women, for women, and also has English-speaking drivers.
How to get there
As the airport that serves Erbil city in Iraq, Erbil International Airport operates flights to and from local and international destinations such as Sharjah, Tbilisi, Ankara, Gaziantep, Vienna, Göteborg, and Stockholm, Cairo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Batumi, Dubai, Munich, Baghdad, Berlin, Frankfurt, Tehran, Beirut, Ankara, Doha, Amman, Tunis, Istanbul, and Larnaca through airlines such as Air Arabia, Air Caucasus, Atlasjet, Austrian Airlines operated by Tyrolean Airways, Bosnian Wand Airlines operated by Hermes Airlines, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai, Georgian Airways, Germania, Iraqi Airways, Lufthansa, Mahan Air, Middle East Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, and Zagrosjet. The airport also operates charter flights via Small Planet Airlines, to Stockholm.
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