EgyptAir joins a number of regional carriers in an air travel ban on Iraqi Kurdistan
EgyptAir joins a number of regional carriers in an air travel ban on Iraqi Kurdistan: EgyptAir will suspend flights to and from Erbil airport starting from tomorrow, company sources told Reuters. EgyptAir joins Turkish Airlines and Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines, who have also stopped travel to Erbil, according to Daily Sabah. “The move comes after the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority sent a notice to foreign airline companies telling them that international flights to Erbil and Sulaimaniya will be suspended at 1500 GMT and that only domestic flights will be allowed.” Egypt had issued a statement expressing its “deep concern” over the fallout from the statehood referendum Kurdistan held on Monday. At least 92.7% Kurds who took part in the referendum voted to succeed from Iraq, despites threats of invasion and economic blockade by most of its neighbors, according to Bloomberg.