International airlines resume flights to Kurdistan

Austrian is one of the international airlines that has direct flights from Vienna to Erbil

ERBIL, Kurdistan (Rudaw) – Most international airlines have resumed flights to Erbil, after a brief halt earlier in June, according to the airport’s manager, Talar Fayeq.

She said several regional airlines, including Austrian, Lufthansa, Emirates and Etihad, had halted their scheduled flights to Erbil in mid-June due to “extraordinary conditions” in the region – a reference to the war with the Islamic State group (ISIS) and an an influx of refugees.

“Most of these companies have resumed flights and more will do the same as they see that conditions are stable in Kurdistan,” Fayeq told Kurdish news outlet Rudaw.

International flights are currently available from Erbil and Sulaimani airports. Construction of a third airport is underway in Duhok in the northern part of the region.

Erbil International Airport announced earlier this year that it handled more than 1.5 million passengers annually.