Iraq passenger flights to resume on July 23 after more than four months: supreme committee

Current ban to prevent spread of coronavirus
File" An Iraqi Airways airplane lands at Baghdad International Airport (AFP/File)

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SULAIMANI — Iraq's Supreme Committee for Coronavirus Response announced on Thursday (July 16) that international passenger flights will resume in the country on July 23.

The order covers all airports, including those in the Kurdistan Region.

The federal government initially suspended all passenger flights on March 16 as a measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus, with only cargo, humanitarian, military, and other specially authorized flights taking place over the last four months.

The ban was extended as recently as Monday.

Strict public health regulations are expected to be in effect.

The committee also added that the Munzriya, Safwan, and Al-Chaib border crossings will also re-opened for trade. Malls will also be allowed to reopen.

Additionally, the authorities in central and southern Iraq will now implement a revised nighttime curfew between 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. They are expected to be lifted entierly after the Eid al-Adha holiday, which starts two weeks from today.

According to the federal health ministry, there have been 86,148 cases of coronavirus in Iraq. 54,316 patients have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus infection, and 3,522 have died from it.

The ministry reported on Thursday that there were 2,281 new cases of coronavirus and 90 deaths in the country over the past 24 hours.

(NRT Digital Media)

This story was updated at 5:26 p.m. EBL