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Turkey to Lift Ban on Flights to Sulaymaniyah

By John Lee. Turkey’s ban on flights to Sulaymaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan, will reportedly be lifted. The country’s Transport Minister, Cahit Turhann told Anadolu Agency: “Turkish Airlines will resume its flights from Istanbul to Sulaymaniyah [on Friday], seven flights a week.” According to Rudaw, Ankara has delayed the resumption of flights until Saturday due to technical […]

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Hopes that Turkey will Lift Ban Sulaymaniyah Flights

By John Lee. Authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan are said to be hopeful that a meeting later this month between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Iraqi President Barham Salih will lead to Turkey lifting its ban on international flights crossing its airspace to land at Sulaymaniyah Airport (pictured). According to a report from Ahval News, Turkey […]

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Air Arabia launches fourth Iraqi Destination

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), has announced the launch of non-stop service to the city of Sulaymaniyah in the north of Iraq. The new service from the carrier’s primary hub in Sharjah marks Air Arabia’s fourth destination in Iraq and 152 worldwide. From November 6, 2018, […]

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Iraqi Airways carries 9,200 Passengers between Iraq, Russia

By John Lee. Iraqi Airways has reportedly carried 9,200 passengers between Iraq and Russia in the first 12 months of operating flights. According to rusaviainsider.com, this consisted of 5,200 inbound to Russia and 4,000 outbound. The majority of those passengers flew between Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport and Baghdad, with the rest flying between Vnukovo and Basra. […]

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Iraqi Planes return to Damascus after 7 years

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi planes land in Damascus following 7-year hiatus Following a seven-year hiatus caused by the economic embargo imposed on Syria and the unstable security situation, an Iraqi civilian airplane […]

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New Airline Launched in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee. Fly Erbil, Iraq’s only Kurdish airline, successfully completed its first scheduled flight on Monday. The plane set off from Erbil International Airport en route to Stockholm in Sweden. The airline’s administrative director Ahmad Jamal told AFP that Fly Erbil currently has three planes and plans to increase to 10 in the future. […]

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KRG “could Suspend” Erbil Domestic Flights

A Kurdistan 24 press quoted Talar Faiq, the Director-General of Erbil International Airport (EIA) as saying that the KRG could suspend domestic flights between the Kurdistan Region’s airports and the rest of Iraq due to financial issues and Baghdad’s international flight ban. “Since the Iraqi government’s ban went into effect late September 2017, Iraqi Airways […]

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Abadi Reluctant to Lift Embargo on Kurdish Airports

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transportation in the Kurdistan Region reiterated that the Ministry has not received any formal approval from Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi to lift the ban on international flights from the airports in the region. Asked whether Baghdad was trying to delay resolving the issue with Erbil, Omed Mohammed said that […]

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Iraqi Airspace Flight Restrictions Relaxed

By John Lee. The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reduced its flight restrictions in Iraqi airspace, though some restrictions will remain in place. It had previously prohibited all US civilian flight operations over the country due to risks relating to the armed conflict with the Islamic State group. Rudaw quotes a statement from […]

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