German and Austrian airlines announced on Thursday that their flights to and from the Kurdistan region will not be suspended despite the Iraqi government’s decision to impose an air embargo on Kurdistan as of Friday.
Germany’s Lufthansa said on Thursday it would not suspend flights to Erbil airport despite Baghdad’s decision to stop flights at the airport.
According to the company’s German statement, the company’s next flight will be on Saturday, noting that it will not postpone any of its flights scheduled in advance.
Austrian Airways said it had not yet received any notification from the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) about the suspension of its international flights, saying its flight plans had not been canceled and would be carried out as planned.
German Airlines has denied that it has canceled any of its flights to the region.
A spokesman for the company said it would continue its flights and monitor the situation and get any developments.