Europe lifts ban on Iraqi Airways entering airspace

Europe lifts ban on Iraqi Airways entering airspace
AirExplore charter aircraft, operating Iraqi Airways Flight IA264 to Erbil is pictured during take off at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

(Reuters) The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a ban on Iraqi Airways entering European airspace, Iraq’s transport minister Kadhim al-Hamami told state television on Thursday.

The national carrier was banned from flying to Europe in 2015 because it did not meet International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards.

“Iraqi Airways were removed from the black list and put under monitoring by the European Aviation Safety Agency, Hamami said.

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