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Turkey halts flights to and from Iraq: civil aviation authority

Kurdistan Region’s airports reopened August 1
A general view shows Baghdad International Airport October 25, 2012. ( Photo Credit: Reuters/Mohammed Ameen)
2020-08-02

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SULAIMANI — Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Sunday (August 2) that its Turkish counterpart has suspended passenger flights to and from Iraq until September 1.

“The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority would like to announce to our esteemed travelers that the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority has suspended its flights to and from Iraq on the recommendation of the Turkish Ministry of Health,” the air regulator said in a Facebook post.

“The procedures for travel of Iraqi citizens returning from Turkey to Iraq will occur through the diplomatic channels between the two countries,” the statement added.

As a result, all flights between Iraq and Turkey have been canceled.

Airports in Baghdad, Najaf, and Basra reopened on July 23 after being closed for more than four months as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Kurdistan Region’s airports only reopened on August 1. Airports in Turkey are important points of connection between Erbil and Sulaimani and the rest of the world.

(NRT Digital Media)