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Emirates says to resume flights to Baghdad on March 1

Middle East's largest airline to restart passenger flights over a month after flydubai plane came under fire as it landed in Iraqi capital

Emirates says to resume flights to Baghdad on March 1
Image of bullet holes in the flydubai aircraft

Emirates Airline said on Tuesday that it plans to resume flights to Baghdad after halting them last month after a flydubai passenger plane came under fire.

Emirates, which suspended operations to Baghdad on January 26, said in a statement that it will restart passenger flights to the Iraqi capital six times a week on March 1.

Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president commercial operations, for Emirates, said: “The return of services between Dubai and Baghdad follows a comprehensive safety and security review in conjunction with the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Our flights to Baghdad have provided essential economic links for the capital and it is good news for our customers that we can now restart operations.”

The carrier and several other regional airlines stopped flights to Baghdad after a flight operated by discount carrier flydubai was struck by gunfire as it came in to land.

Emirates said its decision to resume flights "follows a comprehensive safety and security review" done in conjunction with civil aviation officials.

Bahraini carrier Gulf Air announced on February 5 that it would resume flights to Baghdad while Turkish Airlines and Lebanon's Middle East Airlines (MEA) resumed flights late last month.

At least seven airlines suspended flights to Baghdad following the shooting incident.

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Mick 4 years ago

Must be really stuck for revenue to risk a plane and its passengers in the most volatile part of the world. Bravo - FlyDubai has mastered poor decision making. The UAE air force won't even fly into Iraq any more. A commercial airline seems to think that they are impervious now and wholly safe.