Jalil Khayat Mosque in Erbil, Iraq
Jalil Khayat Mosque in Erbil, Iraq

Lufthansa Group resumes flights to and from Erbil in northern Iraq

TORONTO — After renewed consultation with the relevant national security authorities, the Lufthansa Group has decided to resume flights to Erbil in northern Iraq.

Erbil lies well outside the direct conflict zone in Iraq, and flights to and from the city are being routed to avoid flying over this area.

Lufthansa flies twice-weekly to Erbil and Austrian Airlines operates a daily flight. For the time being transit traffic to Asia and the Middle East will continue to detour Iraqi airspace.

The Lufthansa Group is in close and regular contact with the relevant national security authorities including those in Iraq. Based on its own assessment, there is currently no danger in flying over Iraq. Nevertheless, the Lufthansa Group has decided to avoid the Iraqi airspace above the section controlled by Isis for the time being.