The launch of the first international flights from the Kurdistan region with the consent of Baghdad

2018/3/9 14:33


{Baghdad: Al Furat News} launched from Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan region, the first international flights after a ban lasted nearly half a year from the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority.
This is the first international flight from Erbil airport sincethe aviation authority imposed a ban on September 29 in response to the referendum on secession held in the Kurdistan region on 25 of the same month.
The federal government agreed to lift its ban on Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports, with its decision to include only Muslims who would like to perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia.
Said Director of Information at the Ministry of Awqaf and the Kurdistan Region Nbz Ismail said 150 pilgrims left yesterday evening aboard an Iraqi Airways plane Erbil airport heading to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. "
He added that" four thousand people from the Kurdistan region will perform Umrah this year. "
Baghdad has extended international flights ban twice , most recently on 26 February that the resolution expires at the end of next month of May.
According to Kurdish officials said the ban severely damaged the economy of the Kurdistan region, forcing many companies to close offices and lay off staff.
the new Prime Minister Haider al - Abadi pledge to cancel the flight ban International in m Emirates Kurdistan region as well as to start regardless of ministries staff salaries at least in the region before the Nowruz holidays.
And lead tens of thousands of Kurds Muslims Umrah in Saudi Arabia every year, but the number dropped significantly in the past few years after the economic crisis witnessed Alakulaim.anthy