Iraq Blocks Kurdistan Flights

By John Lee.

Cargo flights to and from Erbil and Sulaimanya [Slemani] have reportedly been suspended.

A spokesman for Emirates SkyCargo told Lloyd’s Loading List that the airline’s freighter flights to and from Erbil “have been temporarily suspended at the request of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority. However, Emirates [passenger] flights are operating as per schedule to Baghdad, Erbil and Basra.”

In a move that is thought to be in retaliation against the KRG’s push for independence, Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has informed airlines that all freight flights to Erbil and Sulaimanya have been cancelled until further notice.

(Source: Lloyd's Loading List)

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