Iraq’s Kurdistan vote for independence has resulted in more than 92% of voters saying “Yes” and the Iraqi authorities don’t seem too happy about it. They have already ordered the country’s Kurdish area to surrender control of its international airports and requested from the Lebanese & Egyptian authorities to halt flights to Erbil, Kurdistan’s capital.

MEA has complied and its chairman has confirmed “the suspension of all flights to and from Arbil from Friday, upon the request of the Iraqi aviation authorities for the halt of all international fights to and from the airport.”

This is obviously bad news for Lebanese businesses in Erbil but MEA has assured it would work to ensure Lebanese citizens could leave Iraqi Kurdistan through other Iraqi airports.