ERBIL — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday approved the resumption of a limited number of international flights to Kurdistan Region airports after nearly four months of a flight ban.
According to a document from Abadi’s office, the flights to certain destinations will be resumed at both Erbil and Sulaymaniyah international airports.
The decision is believed to be a move to facilitate the Hajj pilgrimage from those who plan to visit the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
Following Kurdistan Region’s independence referendum on 25th September last year, the Iraqi central government took multiple punitive measures against Kurds for voting in favour of statehood.
Since October 2017, all international flights from and to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports have been halted by Baghdad.