Turkey opens airspace to Erbil flights, omits Sulaimani for now

The Turkish government will open its airspace to flights bound to the Erbil International Airport later on Friday, but will continue to impose a flight ban on international flights to Sulaimani International Airport due to “terror activities,” according to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Opening the airspace “is only for Erbil. It does not include Sulaimani because there are terrorist activities taking place against our country from there,” Yildirim added.

Sulaimani, Kurdistan’s second-largest province, is the stronghold of the ruling Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).

Yildirim said on Thursday that his country is concerned about the “direct coordination” between the PUK and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Source: Jordan News Agency