Baghdad suspends foreign flights to and from Iraqi Kurdish regional capital

Baghdad suspends foreign flights to and from Iraqi Kurdish regional capital

Foreign flights will be suspended at Erbil International Airport

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Baghdad has ordered a suspension on foreign flights to and from the Iraqi Kurdish regional capital Erbil.

The suspension will begin on Friday evening (September 29), according to Erbil's airport director, who says the decision is wrong.

The news came after Iraqi Kurdistan held an independence referendum on Monday (September 25), against the wishes of Baghdad.

Over 90% of those who voted in favour of independence, according to France 24.

Airport director Talar Faiq Salih told AFP: "All international flights without exception to and from Erbil will stop from 6pm (3pm GMT) on Friday following a decision by the Iraqi cabinet and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi."

However, she added that she regrets the decision and thinks it may cause issues in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as well as problems with aid.

She said: "We have consulates, international staff, international companies, so it's going to affect everyone. It's not a right decision."

"We have a big international community here, so this is not only against Kurdish people."