Austrian Airlines aborts flight to Irbil, northern Iraq, cancels another over security fears

A spokeswoman for Austrian Airlines says the carrier has aborted a flight to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil and canceled another over security concerns.

Kurdish fighters are battling IS extremists in the region. Sandra Bijelic says Monday's flight was canceled "to be on the safe side" after the decision to turn around Sunday's flight in Turkish airspace and return to Vienna. She gives no further details.