Erbil airport official criticizes Baghdad for halting flights in Kurdistan Region

The Director General of Erbil International Airport (EIA) Talar Fayiq has criticized Iraqi aviation authorities for closing Kurdistan Region’s airports once again without prior notification. In a press conference earlier yesterday, Fayiq said that Baghdad should have given the Kurdistan Region more notice about halting flights in Erbil and Sulaimaniya airports, BasNews reported. She believes that political motives might have been behind the decision as “the Kurdistan Region’s airports alone have been affected.”
Baghdad should investigate the Russian aerial campaign using Iraq’s airspace, Fayiq continues. “Russian rockets cannot pass above Iraq every now and then.”
For the second time in two weeks, Iraqi aviation authorities ordered Erbil and Sulaimaniya airports to halt every flight as Russian aerial operations may pose threat to passenger planes. Fayiq revealed that EIA will lose 322 million IQD everyday as the result of airport closure.