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Kurdistan rejects Iraq’s demand to hand over airports, Baghdad readies air ban

ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Wednesday rejected an Iraqi central government ultimatum to hand control of its international airports to Baghdad after Kurds voted to create an independent state in a disputed referendum.

The escalating crisis threatened to strand expatriates, diplomats and aid workers stationed in Erbil, the seat of the autonomous Kurdish government and a hub for humanitarian activities in northern Iraq.

Reacting to the referendum held on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi demanded the Kurds cede control of the Erbil and Sulaimaniya airports by Friday or face a suspension of direct international flights to and from the region.

KRG Transport Minister Mowlud Murad said he would not give into the ultimatum and that he hope...

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Lebanon airline to halt Erbil flights

Lebanon says it plans to halt flights by its flagship carrier airline to Iran’s Kurdish region from Friday in a major sign that may show an international air traffic embargo called by Iraq against the region is already being put into place.

An unnamed official from the Middle East Airlines was quoted as saying on Wednesday that flights would be stopped to and from Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq.

The decision came after the Kurdish region claimed victory in an independence referendum that was held earlier this week in face of widespread criticisms.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Tuesday gave the KRG three days to hand over control of its airports to Baghdad or face an international air embargo in retaliation for the region’s bid to beco...

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Erbil Airport Director Hopes Iraqi Ban on International Flights to Be Lifted

The director of Erbil International Airport hopes that the ban Iraqi authorities have placed on international flights to and from the commercial airport in Iraqi Kurdistan will be lifted soon.
ERBIL (Sputnik) — Talar Saleh, Director of Erbil International Airport, told Sputnik on Wednesday that he was hopeful that the ban on international flights that is expected to come into force on Friday will be lifted shortly thereafter, adding that now the flights are proceeding as scheduled.

“We will see what happens on Friday, maybe in two days they will change the decision. Wrong decisions were taken several times; unfortunately, the decisions of the government in Baghdad were also wrong. However, I don’t think this solution will be longstanding,” Saleh said.

Iraqi Gov’t to Ban Flights From Erb...

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Germania airline flight news!

Dear all,

we would like to inform you that the flights from and to Iraq With Germania Airline have been cancelled until December 7th.

Due to the current tense security situation in northern Iraq, the Federal Ministry for Transport in Germany (BMVI, Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur) has prohibited all flights from German airlines to/from the northern Iraqi city of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah until and including Monday, 7 December 2015. All Germania-flights to/from Dusseldorf, Munich and Stockholm (Sweden) are affected by this.
Passengers booked on respective flights to/from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, can change their bookings to other Germania destinations free of charge. Alternatively, affected passengers can refund the ticket price in full.
For rebookings and cancellation...

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News: flights from and to Sulaymaniyah (25/26 11 2015)

Dear all,

we would like to inform you that the flights from and to Sulaymaniyah on November 24th and 25th have been changed due to the airport closure.

The flights will be operated 24 hours later:
25.11.2015 ST3514 MUC – ISU 14:40-21:05
25.11.2015 ST1077 ISU – ARN 21:55-01:05
26.11.2015 ST1076 ARN – ISU 01:55-08:40
26.11.2015 ST3515 ISU – MUC 09:30-12:05

All passengers will be rebooked automatically. Please contact the agency support for rebookings to another date as well as for cancellations.
The cancellations are free of charge for the affected flights.

For all passengers please inform your agent about the flight modifications.

The flights from and to Erbil are currently not affected.
For current information and updates please refer to our website www.Kurdtravel.EU



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