Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines (MEA) will suspend flights to and from Erbil airport in northern Iraq from Friday, citing an Iraqi government decision to suspend international flights at the airport, MEA Chairman Mohammad al-Hout said by phone.
"For now, we're stopping. The last flight is on the 29th, until they solve the issue," he told Reuters on Wednesday.
Egypt’s flag carrier EgyptAir will suspend flights to and from Erbil airport in northern Iraq from Friday, two company sources said on Wednesday.
The move comes after the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority sent a notice to foreign airline companies telling them that international flights to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah will be suspended at 3 p.m. GMT and that only domestic flights will be allowed.
Jordan’s state carrier Royal Jordanian (RJ) will suspend its flights to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq from Friday following a request from Iraqi authorities, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
The airline, which operates 10 weekly flights to Erbil and three weekly flights to Sulaymaniyah, said the suspension of flights would start at 6 pm local Amman time on Friday.
FlyDubai says it is halting its flights to Erbil from Saturday.
In a statement on Wednesday night , the carrier says it has “temporarily suspended” its flights after receiving instructions from the Iraqi government.