Turkey opens its airspace to parts of Iraq after 5 months
Turkey will open its airspace to flights from northern Iraq's Erbil as of Friday, says Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
Turkey will open its airspace to flights from northern Iraq's Erbil as of Friday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, adding that flights from Sulaimaniya were not included in the plan.
Kurdish Regional Government signed a non-binding referendum to break up with Iraq on September 25, in response to which Iraqi central government immediately closed the airspace for planes in and out of airports from the KRG-controlled territories.
In October last year, Turkey closed its airspace to flights to and from Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, in response to an independence referendum.
(With inputs from Reuters)