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Iraqi Kurdistan's Airports Reopen, International Air Traffic Resumes - Reports

© AP Photo / Bram JanssenTravelers line up to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017
Travelers line up to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 - Sputnik International
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CAIRO (Sputnik) - The airports of Iraqi Kurdistan were reopened on Wednesday for international flights to and from the region, local media reported, citing the Iraqi Parliament.

On Tuesday, the press office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced that international air traffic to and from Iraqi Kurdistan's airports should be resumed within one week. The decision came just a few weeks after the Iraqi government decided to extend the flight ban by another three months until May 31.

Travelers line up to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 - Sputnik International
Iraqi Kurdistan's Airports Reopen, International Air Traffic Resumes - Reports
The restrictions on the flights were lifted on the condition that federal authority would be imposed on the region's international airports, the Rudaw news agency reported, citing Bestun Zangana, the head of the Iraqi Parliament's Transportation Committee.

READ MORE: Baghdad Lifts Ban on International Flights to Iraqi Kurdistan — PM Office

Relations between the Iraqi federal authorities and the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan deteriorated sharply following the Kurdish independence referendum on September 25 that was deemed illegal by Baghdad. Following the vote, Iraq imposed sanctions on the Kurdish regional government; the country restricted banking operations, closed border crossings and banned international flights to and from the region. The last international flight from Iraqi Kurdistan left on September 29.

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