Iraq bans cargo planes from landing directly in Kurdistan

2017/04/26 | 22:55

(Iraq News)- ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Iraqi government’s ministry of transportation has decided to ban direct landings of all cargo planes at all Iraqi airports including Erbil and Sulaimani’s, expect at Baghdad International Airport.“The Iraqi ministry of transportation and communication has decided to ban landings for all cargo planes at all Iraqi airports including Erbil and Sulaimani’s, expect at Baghdad International Airport.

The decision subjects the cargo of all cargo planes to be inspected at Baghdad airport.

Only then they are authorized to land at the airport they are bound to,” the Director General of Erbil International Airport, Talar Fayeq, told Rudaw, not specifying the length of the embargo.Fayeq said that it was unclear as to what has prompted the decision.“The reason behind this decision is not known yet.

This is, however, likely to be a political decision.

There is no such thing anywhere in the world.

Every airport has its own inspection team who carry out their duties professionally,” she added.The Iraqi civil aviation division also claims they have no knowledge of what lies behind the decision.“The decision was made directly by the Iraqi Minister of Transportation and Communication, Kazim Finjan.

We don’t know the reason behind the decision either.

But our duty is to enforce the decision,” the Director General of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, Hussein Muhsen, told Rudaw.










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