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Iraq extends suspension of passenger flights until July 22, as coronavirus cases continue to rise

Ban has lasted four months
Erbil International Airport (File)
2020-07-13

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SULAIMANI — Director of Erbil International Airport Talar Faiaq said on Monday (July 13) that Iraq’s Civil Aviation Authority has decided to extend the suspension of passenger flights until July 22.

The order affects flights in both federal Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.

The federal government initially suspended all passenger flights on March 16 as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

On Thursday, Iraq’s Higher Committee for Health and National Safety said that all Iraqis will be allowed to travel outside the country on the condition they are quarantined for fourteen days on their return, which had raised hopes that the ban would be lifted when it was to have expired on July 15.

Currently, flights are limited largely to humanitarian, cargo, and military flights, with a limited number of repatriation and other special flights taking place.

According to the health ministry, there have been 77,506 cases of coronavirus in Iraq. 44,724 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and 3,150 have died from it.

(NRT Digital Media)