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 Airways and flydubai had already suspended flights to the city.
Kurdistan's Deputy Prime Minister Talabani said that “the airspace of the Kurdistan Region is safe and the airports are far from any security risk.”
Germania continues to serve Sulaymaniyah from Dusseldorf, Munich and Stockholm Arlanda.