Q&A: KRG Minister of Transportation Mawlood Bawa Murad

The KRG is powerless to lift a ban on international flights that Baghdad imposed in retaliation for the independence referendum.
Q&A: KRG Minister of Transportation Mawlood Bawa Murad
KRG Minister of Transportation and Communication Mawlood Bawa Murad at his office in Erbil, in October 2017. (RAWAZ TAHIR/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Over a week since the Iraqi government barred international flights into the autonomous Kurdistan region, airports are under financial pressure to close even for domestic travel.

In an Oct. 5 statement, Erbil International Airport (EIA) Director General Talar Faiq raised concerns about the loss of income and $33 million in outstanding payments due from Iraqi Airways, the country's only domestic carrier.

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