The Iraqi Minister of Transport, Nasser Hussein Al-Shibli, announced today that four modern aircraft will be added to Iraq’s air transport network within the current year. He also stated that the Civil Aviation Authority is now responsible for holding non-governmental carriers accountable. Iraq’s air transport fleet owns 33 aircraft, and Al-Shibli said four more are scheduled to be acquired this year, bringing the total to 37 aircraft.
As a result of complaints about the decline in the level of services provided by some non-government national airlines, Al-Shibli confirmed that the Civil Aviation Authority, which has separated from the ministry, will now be responsible for imposing fines. In an earlier statement, the Transport Minister confirmed the conclusion of a contract with Boeing for more advanced planes.