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Iranian airline vows legal action against Erbil airport

Iran’s Pouya Air says it will take legal action against Erbil airport after its flight was denied landing in the airport.

Iran’s Pouya Air has announced it will lodge a legal complaint against airport authorities in the city of Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region after a flight by the airline was denied landing in the airport on Monday.

A Pouya Air statement denied allegations by Erbil airport authorities that a first flight by the company between Iranian city of Urmia and the Kurdish capital had been forced to return to Iran because it lacked the official permit for landing in the airport.    

The company said it will take a legal action, through the Iranian civil aviation authorities and the Iranian foreign ministry, against the “unprofessional and dangerous decision” by Erbil airport authorities to order the Pouya Air plane to go around when it prepared to land in the airport.

Director of Erbil airport Ahmed Hoshyar said on Monday that Pouya Air had failed to send a representative to the airport before launching its two-way flight route between Urmia and Erbil.

Hoshyar told the Rudaw news agency that the airline had also failed to comply with other protocols such as providing necessary data about the plane.

However, the Pouya Air statement said that it had obtained the required permit for entry and landing from Iraq’s civil aviation authorities.

It added that an official representative had been named in correspondences with the Erbil International Airport while airport authorities had approved the Urmia-Erbil flight plan.

An unnamed Iranian official told the ILNA news agency on Monday that the Pouya Air flight to Erbil had obtained all required permits from Iranian and Iraqi officials, adding that Iran was investigating why Kurdish authorities had not allowed the plane to land.

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