Turkey to resume flights to Iraq's Sulaymaniyah on Friday

Published 23.01.2019 13:14
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A ban on flights to Sulaymaniyah, Iraq will be lifted on Friday, Turkey's transport and infrastructure minister said on Wednesday.

"Turkish Airlines will resume its flights from Istanbul to Sulaymaniyah, seven flights a week," Cahit Turhan told Anadolu Agency.

On Sept. 29, 2017, Iraq's central government imposed a ban on all international flights into and out of the Kurdish region.

The ban against Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports came in response to Sept. 25, 2017, illegitimate referendum on Kurdish regional independence.

"Our country issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) on Oct. 17, 2017, to stop all flights from Turkish airspace to the region," Turhan said.

He recalled that Iraqi officials removed the ban on March 15, 2018, on international flights as the control over airports in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah shifted to the Iraqi central government.

"Thus we resumed flights to Erbil from Turkey, but the ban on Sulaymaniyah still continued," Turhan added.

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