Iraqi fees on foreign air cargos too high

03 Apr 2011

(MENAFN) UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority director general, Saif al Suwaidi, stated that the fees which the Iraqi government forced on foreign air cargo limit the flow of essential good into the country as they are too high, reported The National.

Al Suwaidi also said that operators asking for permission to fly cargos into Iraq complained that the government asks them to let Iraqi Airways and RUS Aviation handle their business for them, or else pay fees starting from USD20,000 up to USD100,000 a flight to fly directly.

The director general added that such charges were unjustified and had no obvious reason. He pointed out that he had asked the government to clarify the situation.

It is worth noting that air cargo had played an important role in providing the poor country with oil and gas equipment, food supplies, humanitarian aid and electronics.

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