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All international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan's Erbil to suspend Friday evening

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The authority of the international airport of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region, informed airlines that direct international flights will be suspended to and from Erbil airport starting from Friday evening, an airline office official told Xinhua.

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"The authority of Erbil airport informed the airlines offices not to book tickets for international flights, as all international flights to and from Erbil airport will be suspended starting from 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on Friday following the decision by the Iraqi cabinet and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi," the director of an airline office said on condition of anonymity.

The latest instruction of the Erbil airport said that only domestic flights will be permitted and all the already booked tickets for international flights should be through Baghdad international airport, the official said.

On the other hand the Iraqi Tourism Board announced on Thursday the halt of domestic tourism movement to the Kurdish region starting from early next week, after the region held the independence referendum.

"The tourism companies in Baghdad, as well as in Iraq's southern and central provinces cancelled all domestic tourism trips to the cities of the Kurdistan region after the referendum of the region," the chairman of the tourism authority Mahmoud al-Zubaidi said in a statement.

Zubaidi said that the tourism sector is the second largest economic resource for the Kurdish region after oil because it brought millions of dollars a month to the region, according to the statement.

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