News ID: 251718
Published: 1038 GMT April 21, 2019

Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan to launch new flight route

Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan to launch new flight route

A new air route is expected to start operation between Iran and the Iraqi region of Kurdistan with direct flights connecting the Iranian northwestern city of Orumieh and Erbil in northern Iraq.

Director General of Airports of Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province Kamal Parhizkar told Fars News Agency on Saturday that the first direct flight from Orumieh, the capital city of West Azarbaijan Province, to Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s capital city of Erbil will be carried out in the near future.

The Iranian official said that the Orumieh-Erbil direct flights are important for Iran since a large number of passengers travel between the two cities.

Parhizkar said that direct flights to the Republic of Azerbaijan from the Orumieh Airport have been postponed due to the recent sharp increase in flight ticket prices.

Meanwhile, he said that after the month of Ramadan, efforts will be resumed to establish direct flights to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

In February, KRG President Masoud Barzani, in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi, said that Erbil is eager to promote ties with Tehran in all fields.

During his meeting with Masjedi on February 21, Barzani welcomed Iran’s viewpoints on deepening cooperation, saying, “We believe in regular contacts with Iran, and we are eager to promote ties in all fields.”

Appreciating Iran for its helps in fighting terrorism, he said that the KRG would use all its power to step up cooperation with the country.

Iran’s envoy, for his part, described bilateral ties as strategic, saying that prospects for mutual cooperation are bright.

“Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s economic situation will improve in light of mutual collaboration,” he said, noting that Iran has a remarkable volume of trade with the Iraqi KRG.

The transfer of Iran’s gas to the KRG, mutual cooperation, and the private sector’s engagement can provide suitable opportunities for boosting relations, Masjedi said.


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