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Sulaymaniyah Airport records major revenue drop due to Turkish-Iraqi blockade

Sulaymaniyah International Airport
Sulaymaniyah International Airport has witnessed a 36-percent slash in numbers of flights in 2018, compared to number of flights in 2017, airport chief announced Tuesday.

In a press conference to review a report about the airport’s performance in 2018, Taher Abdullah said that suspension of flights by Turkish authorities has negatively affected the citizens in Sulaymaniyah, adding that number of passengers in 2018 hit 309,869 with 36 percent drop comparing to 2017 due to embargo by Iraqi civil aviation authorities.

Cargo flights arrived at Sulaymaniyah airport recorded 9,752 tons in 2018, after 36,403 tons in 2017, with 73 percent drop, while outgoing cargo flights reached 352 tons in 2018 after 1,987 tons in 2017, an 82-percent drop.

He added that the Federal Government in Baghdad is responsible for the recovery of Sulaymaniyah Airport’s performance by lifting the flights’ suspension.

“Sulaymaniyah Airport’s revenue drop reached $15,000 daily,” Abdullah said in his statements, calling on the Turkish government to reconsider its decision to suspend the international flights.
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