Baghdad may dissolve state-owned airline

26 May 2010

(MENAFN) Iraqi Transport Minister Amer Abdul-Jabbar said that the government is considering dissolving state-owned Iraqi Airways, amid a row with neighboring Kuwait over war reparations, Reuters reported.

Baghdad and Kuwait have been locked in a long-running dispute over billions of dollars in reparations from Iraq, including some $1.2 billion related to aircraft and parts seized during former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s 1990-91 invasion of Kuwait.

Iraqi Airways has regular flights to Beirut, Dubai, Tehran and other cities. Last month it made its first commercial flight to London in 20 years, only for a lawyer for the Kuwaiti authorities to try to seize the plane on landing.

The lawyer for state-owned Kuwait Airways said last month the airline had obtained an order from the High Court in London on April 27 that including freezing the assets of Iraqi Airways worldwide ‘subject to frequent judicial review’.

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