Sweden bans Iraqi Airways

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Baku, August 6, AZERTAC

The Swedish authorities have banned Iraqi Airways. The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) said in a statement that the airline did not meet necessary safety standards required within the European Union, according to

The ban was to take effect immediately, said the Transport Agency, meaning potentially leaving those who have already booked tickets to travel back to Sweden from Iraq stranded.

Iraqi Airways had applied for a so-called TCO authorization (third country operator), a permit required for airlines based outside of the EU but operating traffic in one or more member states.

But according to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which manages airline safety across Europe, Iraqi Airways does not meet the safety requirements, which prompted the Swedish Transport Agency to withdraw the carrier's permit to fly in and out of Sweden on Wednesday.

Last year 18,329 people flew in and out of Sweden with Iraqi Airways.

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