By Andy Sambidge
Airports in Baghdad, Basra and Erbil to close on Tuesday and Wednesday as country holds election
Etihad Airways said on Monday it will have to cancel flights to Iraq on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the country holding an election.
The Iraqi Government has announced that all airports in Iraq will be closed between 1am on April 29 to 7pm on April 30.
As a result, Etihad Airways said the following flights to Baghdad, Basra and Erbil have been cancelled:
* 29 April: EY555 Abu Dhabi - Baghdad / EY556 Baghdad - Abu Dhabi
* 30 April: EY555 Abu Dhabi - Baghdad / EY556 Baghdad - Abu Dhabi
* 30 April: EY553 Abu Dhabi - Basra / EY554 Basra - Abu Dhabi
* 29 April: EY557 Abu Dhabi - Erbil / EY558 Erbil - Abu Dhabi
* 30 April: EY557 Abu Dhabi - Erbil / EY558 Erbil - Abu Dhabi
Etihad said passengers who have purchased tickets to travel to/from Baghdad, Basra and Erbil, on or before, May 2 may change to another date of travel on or before May 18. It added that fees for changing tickets will be waived for this one instance only.
"We are monitoring the situation closely and passengers are advised to check the status of their flights on Etihad Airways' website: www.etihad.com," a statement said.
"We apologise for this inconvenience. We are doing everything possible to minimise the impact of this disruption."