According to an official announcement, the airline will operate 10 weekly flights to Erbil and four weekly flights to Sulaymaniyah, and the decision to relaunch flights was taken as Iraqi authorities announced the reopening of the cities’ airports.
As noted by RJ, airlines operating to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah had suspended their flights there on September 29, 2017, upon directions from Iraqi authorities. Haider al-Abadi, prime minister, Iraq, announced the reopening of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airports for international flights on March 13.
According to an announcement issued by the prime minister’s media office, Al-Abadi also said that the system of verification (Paysys) for airports of the province and its frontier will be linked to the main Baghdad system, as it is the case with other Iraqi ports.
An Erbil International Airport announcement, on March 14, added that it would be welcoming back international airlines. “The blockade imposed on September 29, 2017 is now lifted allowing international airlines to return,” it said.