Biznis Intel dismisses director amid corruption scandal at Baghdad International Airport

"The lack of response by the General Company for Navigation and Airport Management makes Baghdad Airport one of the worst airports in the world."
An Iraqi Airways plane sits on the tarmac at Baghdad International Airport. (Photo: AP)
An Iraqi Airways plane sits on the tarmac at Baghdad International Airport. (Photo: AP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Biznis Intel, the company responsible for securing all facilities at Baghdad International Airport, has announced the dismissal of its authorized director, Firas Hashim Al-Azzawi, appointing Aws Subhi Al-Daraji as his replacement.

This decision follows revelations of Al-Azzawi's involvement in significant corruption operations within the Iraqi Civil Aviation Company, according to a statement released by Biznis Intel.

Hafeez Oki, the director of Biznis Intel, notified the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in a letter dated May 5, detailing the company's struggles with rampant corruption within the management of Baghdad International Airport and the complicity of its former director in these corrupt activities.

Oki stated, "We informed the contracting party (the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority and the General Company for Navigation and Aviation Administration) to remove the authorized director and appoint a new one to stop this security breach and the existing corruption."

However, the response from the contracting authority was unexpected. "The contracting authority surprised us by not accepting my request and insisting that the corrupt former authorized director remain, despite its knowledge of this person’s corruption," Oki continued.

Highlighting the severe implications of this corruption, Oki explained, "We inform you of the current situation of Baghdad International Airport and the existing security breaches, due to administrative corruption and their clear and frank interference in managing the internal security company’s business."

He further added, "The lack of response by the General Company for Navigation and Airport Management makes Baghdad Airport one of the worst airports in the world. Accordingly, the company will stop operations to provide security protection for Baghdad Airport and hold the aforementioned party and the Director of Aviation Security accountable for the reason."

Concluding his message, Oki indicated that Biznis Intel would escalate the matter. "The company will inform the Canadian ambassador of this decision, approach the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, and file a lawsuit in all courts, because we are unable to perform our duty as a company responsible for the security of Baghdad Airport and pay all the dues owed to them."

This development underscores the ongoing challenges of corruption and mismanagement within Iraq's aviation sector, raising serious concerns about the security and operational integrity of Baghdad International Airport.