Tag Archives | Erbil International Airport

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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Abadi Lifts Ban on Int’l Flights to Kurdistan

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has announced the reopening of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airports to international flights. In a statement, he said he signed the decree “following the response of the local authorities in the Kurdistan region to restore the federal authority to the two airports in accordance with the constitution, in order […]

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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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Baghdad Suspends Int’l Flights to Erbil

By John Lee. Direct international flights will be suspended to and from Erbil International Airport (pictured) starting from Friday evening, following a decision by the Iraqi cabinet and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, an airline official has told Xinhua. The move follows the region’s vote for independence in Monday’s referendum. Airlines including Qatar Airways, EgyptAir and […]

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Plans for Flights between Erbil and Urmia

By John Lee. An Iranian official has been quoted as saying that plans are in progress for direct flights between Erbil International Airport (pictured) and the city of Urmia, in Iran’s Kurdistan province. Ahmad Montazami, the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s office in Urmia, told Fars News Agency that the service could be started […]

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Lufthansa Consulting to support Development at Erbil Airport

Erbil International Airport (EIA) this week signed a partnership deal with Lufthansa Consulting, part of the Lufthansa Group, to support the development and implementation of its masterplan. The contract, funded by EIA, will secure for the airport key expertise across a range of airport disciplines from project management, through planning, design, cargo, security and safety. […]

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KRG Airports Closed Again

By John Lee. The international airports at Erbil (pictured) and Sulaymaniyah have been closed due to Russian aerial operations against Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) militants in Syria, according to a report from BasNews. Iraqi aviation authorities told the airports to close on Sunday evening for 48 hours — flights are scheduled to resume on […]

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Turkish Airlines Adds Erbil Flights

By John Lee. Turkish Airlines has added Erbil to its list of flight destinations operated from/to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. Beginning July 20th, roundtrip flights between Istanbul and Erbil are being operated four times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; from September 16th, flights will be increased to 7 per week. (Source: […]

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Germania Suspends Erbil Flights

By John Lee. Germania has suspended air services to Erbil, which has come under increasing threat from Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) terrorists. Germany’s Federal Ministry for Transport (Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur – BMVI) has prohibited all flights by German airlines to Erbil until 30th March 2015 (inclusive). Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad […]

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Lufthansa Resumes Flights to Erbil

By John Lee. After renewed consultation with the relevant national security authorities, the Lufthansa Group has decided to resume flights to Erbil in northern Iraq from Monday. Erbil lies well outside the direct crisis zone in Iraq, and flights to and from the city will be routed to avoid overflying the zone. Lufthansa flies twice-weekly […]

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