Qatar Airways CEO said that Qatar airways will continue to fly to Erbil “as long as its airspace remains open and there are no security issues.”
The Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker made the comments at a tourism event in Doha in response to Iraq’s request to halt all flights to Erbil, the Kurdish regional capital, and Sulaimaniyah, its second city, beginning Friday evening
The Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) notified international airlines to suspend flights to and from Irbil and Sulaimaniyah following the growing tensions over an independence referendum held this week in Iraq’s Kurdish region and disputed territories.
Qatar Airways is the only Airline out of three major Gulf carriers to fly into Erbil.
In the mean time, Kurdistan Regional Government rejected Iraqi government’s ultimatum to hand over the control of its international airports to Baghdad after Kurds voted to create an independent state in a disputed referendum.