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First flight leaves from Kurdistan to Jeddah, after 6-month ban

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Sulaimaniyah International Airport operated its first flight on Thursday, after a six-month flight ban imposed by Baghdad in Kurdistan region, heading to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The flight transported 170 passengers to KSA to perform Umrah in Mecca, according to spokesperson of Endowment Ministry and Religious Affairs in Kurdistan 'Nabaz Ismail', who affirmed that the second flight will leave on Friday, also for Umrah purpose.

Ismail stated on Thursday that the federal government in Baghdad had approved the request of the ministry to lift the ban for Umrah seekers.

Around 19 thousand Kurdish person headed to Umrah last year, according to Ismail, adding that Kurdish persons can head to Umrah on the Iraqi airlines through both Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airport.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced on Tuesday that Baghdad will lift the ban in Kurdistan region by  the Day of Nowruz on March 21.

The last flight left Erbil International Airport on September 29, 2017, after a ban order imposed by Abadi's government in punitive procedure followed Kurdistan independence referendum, where 93 percent of Kurdish voted in favor of split from Baghdad federal government.
Last Modified: Thursday، 08 March 2018 11:37 AM
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