Turkey has indefinitely suspended all flights to northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in the wake of the independence referendum held earlier this week in the region.
The decision is also in line with the Iraqi government’s suspension of all international flights to the Kurdish region’s international airport in Erbil today.
All Turkish air carriers, including the government-owned Turkish Airlines, are covered by the decision which took effect at 18:00 local time (1500 GMT), said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.
“We will send private planes for any Turkish citizens that may be affected by the decision. We expect northern Iraq to understand that Turkey does not fool around in such matters. Our measures are not limited to this. We will gradually share our upcoming decisions with the public,” added Yildirim.