EgyptAir to suspend Cairo-to-Irbil flights

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Egypt’s national airline will suspend flights between Cairo and the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, the capital of a Kurdish-controlled area seeking independence from the rest of the country.

EgyptAir officials say Wednesday’s decision goes into effect starting Friday, adding that Iraq’s civil aviation authority had requested a halt on flights between Irbil and Cairo after the Kurdish region held a referendum on secession.

They say EgyptAir flies between Cairo and Irbil thrice weekly, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The Kurdish vote on Monday — the results likely showing support for independence — has rattled the region’s relations with Baghdad and other countries.

A Lebanese airline official says the country’s flagship carrier airline will halt its flights to and from Irbil, the capital in Iraq’s Kurdish region.

The official says Wednesday the Middle East Airlines flights will be halted starting Friday.

Iraq’s prime minister had ordered the Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban.

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