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 to Erbil, and a further daily flight is operated by Austrian Airlines. For the time being, however, transit traffic to Asia and the Middle East, for example, will continue to detour Iraqi airspace.
The Lufthansa Group is in close and regular contact with the relevant national security authorities, also in Iraq. Based on its assessment, there is currently no danger in overflying Iraq. Nevertheless, the Lufthansa Group has decided to avoid the Iraqi airspace above the section controlled by Isis for the time being.
(Source: Lufthansa Group)