Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Emirates, Etihad cancel flights to Baghdad

UAE's flag carriers, Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways, have cancelled their flights to Baghdad starting Monday, March 26, until Friday, March 30.

The flight cancellation came after Iraq authorities advised all airlines flying to Baghdad of the potential for restrictions on commercial airlines activity for four days ahead of the Arab League meeting on Thursday, March 29.

In the light of this development, Etihad Airways has cancelled all flights between Abu Dhabi and Baghdad over the corresponding period.
Etihad said all guests booked to travel with Etihad Airways on this route between these dates will be contacted to make alternative arrangements. "Guests can also call our local contact centre to make other arrangements."
Emirates Airline's daily flight to Baghdad, EK941/942 (Dubai-Baghdad-Dubai) also will not operate on these dates.
In its statement, Emirates Airline said that the Iraq Aviation Authority has closed the Baghdad International Airport for commercial operations from March 26 to 30 and hence, the daily flight to Baghdad will not be operational.