Following months of negotiations, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has lifted a flight ban over the Kurdistan Region
SULAIMANI — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday (March 13) ordered to lift a ban on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region’s airports.
The office of the Iraqi premier said in a statement that Abadi had issued Executive Decree allowing resumption of international flights to and from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah international airports after a response from the Kurdish authorities to restore federal power to the airports.
Abadi signed the decree during a meeting with a number of officers of the Ministry of Interior who will work at the Kurdistan Region’s airports, the statement added.
“PM @HaiderAlAbadi issues Executive Decree permitting resumption of international flights to Erbil & Sulaymaniyah airports within one week; announces measures to ensure compliance with rules of Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority,” Iraqi government also tweeted.
Abadi said during the meeting that the region’s airports system would be linked to the main system in Baghdad, the statement read.
The announcement came after sources told NRT on Monday that the Iraqi prime minister would lift the ban on the Kurdistan Region’s airports this week.
Baghdad severed Kurdistan Region’s air links to the outside world in late September after the region voted overwhelmingly for independence in a non-binding referendum rejected as illegal by the central government.