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Oman Air cites safety concerns after cancelling launch of Iraq flights

Carrier was scheduled to start flights between Muscat and Najaf on Thursday; says decision on future of route will be announced in due course

Oman Air cites safety concerns after cancelling launch of Iraq flights

Oman Air has announced that its planned service between Muscat and Najaf, Iraq, will no longer be launched on September 15.

All planned flights between the two cities from September 15 to October 1 have been cancelled "to ensure safe flight operations", the airline said in a statement.

It added that a decision as to whether flights will take place after October 1 will be taken later this month and an announcement will be made in due course.

In August, Oman Air announced that it planned to launch four weekly flights from Najaf to Muscat, marking the airline's debut in Iraq, adding that flights will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

The decision was taken in line with Oman Air's over-riding priority of ensuring the safety and well-being of all its customers and staff, the carrier said.

"Oman Air is sorry for the inconvenience that will arise as a result of this cancellation, but will do all it can to minimise its effects for passengers. Tickets will be refunded or exchanged at point of purchase," it added.

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