Iraq blocks general flights to Kurdistan in plea for autonomy vote

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ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – International flights to and from Iraq’s Kurdistan segment were set to finish from 6:00 p.m. (11.00 a.m. ET) on Friday, after a executive supervision imposed a anathema in plea for a region’s opinion for independence.

Almost all unfamiliar airlines dangling flights to a airports of Erbil and Sulaimaniya, in correspondence with a notice from a supervision in Baghdad, that has control over a country’s airspace.

Lufthansa and Austrian were a usually carriers to have kept during slightest one moody still scheduled after a deadline. But a orator for Lufthansa Group pronounced on Friday morning it was checking either it would have to cancel flights.

Lufthansa flies once a week to Erbil on Saturdays, while a section Austrian Airlines flies daily. Domestic flights are still available to and from Kurdistan, and so travelers are approaching to get there mostly by transiting around Baghdad’s airport, that will come underneath aria from a additional traffic.

Kurdish airports hoop 40 to 50 percent of Iraq’s sum ubiquitous traffic, Taher Abdallah, Sulaimaniya airport’s executive general, told reporters on Wednesday.

Check-in operations during Erbil’s ubiquitous airfield were using uniformly on Friday morning and there was no pointer of disruption.

Iraq’s Kurds permitted secession by 9 to one in a opinion on Monday that hurt Baghdad and other governments who fear a referendum could lead to renewed dispute in a region.

The United Nations and United States have both offering to assistance intercede between Kurdistan and Baghdad.

Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; modifying by Andrew Roche

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