Sweden stops flights to Iraq and Kurdistan due to security

Sweden’s Transport Agency has announced flights between Sweden and Iraq, including the Kurdistan Region, have been halted due to concerns over the security situation.
Transport Styrelsen issued a statement on Wednesday (February 1) saying the agency had received information that the security situation would put passengers at risk on the ground and in the air.
"We understand that our decisions affect those travelers who are no longer able to fly to and from Iraq. But we have to put passenger safety first," Simon Posluk, Head of the Transport Agency, said.
The decision affects the airlines of Germania, Iraqi Airways and Zagros Air, which operate flights to Baghdad, Erbil, Suleimaniya, and Najaf.
Director of Suleimaniya International Airport, Dana Mohammed, told NRT that they haven’t received any statement from Sweden in regards to stopping the flights between both countries.
NRT also contacted Erbil International Airport for further information but received no response.
According to the statement, flights between both countries will be halted from February, 1, 2017 until further notice.


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