Baghdad International Airport
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's largest airport
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, located in a suburb about 16 km (9.9 mi) west of downtown Baghdad
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in the Baghdad Governorate. It is the home base for Iraq's national airline
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, Iraqi Airways
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Saddam International Airport was constructed with the assistance of French
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firms between 1979 and 1982 at a cost of over US$
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