The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) last week announced that it revoked Iraqi Airways’ license to fly to and from Sweden over safety issues.
The measure was taken by Sweden because Iraqi Airways failed to secure a Third Country Operator (TCO) authorisation of EASA. ATW Online reports that EASA had “credible and specific safety reports containing examples of alleged failures to comply with applicable international (ICAO) safety standards by Iraqi Airways and the Iraqi CAA.”
The U.K. CAA is said to have followed the Swedish decision by banning Iraqi Airways.
The airline operated scheduled services to Germany, Sweden, and the U.K. Germany apparently did not immediately follow the decision as flights were operated into Frankfurt, Germany until at least August 10.
- Transportstyrelsen statement (in Swedish)
- EASA issued first air safety authorisations to non-EU airlines