By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi carrier says services to Iraqi city have been stopped with immediate effect
Etihad Airways has announced that it has suspended all flights to Erbil, Iraq with immediate effect until further notice.
The decision to suspend the four flights a week passenger service follows advice regarding the possibility of a deteriorating security situation in the region as a result of on-going military conflict between Iraqi security and ISIS forces, the airline said in a statement.
"The safety of Etihad Airways’ passengers and staff is of paramount importance, and the airline will continue to monitor the security situation closely before recommencing scheduled services to and from Erbil," it added.
Guests booked to fly to Erbil are advised to contact the airline’s nearest office or call the Etihad Airways Contact Centre to discuss options to re-route, re-book or cancel their travel plans.
Flights to Basra and Baghdad are currently operating as normal, Etihad added.
"Etihad Airways apologises for any inconvenience caused and is doing everything possible to minimise the impact of any disruption," its statement said.
Emirates Airline said on Wednesday that it will suspend flights to Erbil from August 12 for "operational reasons".