Germania (ST, Berlin Schönefeld) has been stripped of its Iraqi traffic rights with immediate effect ch-aviation has been exclusively informed by the carrier.

According to sources, Iraqi Airways (IA, Baghdad) recently lodged an appeal with the Iraqi Ministry of Transport to revoke Germania's traffic rights in a bid to squeeze out competition on flights between Iraq and Scandinavia.

Germania had competed with Iraqi Airways with its flights from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah to Dusseldorf, Munich and Stockholm Arlanda. According to press reports in Iraq, Greek charter carrier Hermes Airlines (H3, Athens Int'l) has also had its traffic rights for charter flights linking Sweden with Iraq withdrawn.