Iraqi air traffic controllers at Baghdad International Airport have taken over responsibility for civil operations from Australian armed forces, who have been in charge since last year's conflict.

However, controllers from the Royal Australian Air Force will retain jurisdiction over military flights and the airspace surrounding Baghdad.

Full transition from military to civil control is expected to happen later this year - although security concerns will determine when transfer takes place - and RAAF controllers will remain on site until at least September, partly to train Iraqi air traffic controllers.

Source: Flight International