flydubai Suspends Flights To Baghdad, Iraq Amid Unrest

flydubai has announced that it will suspend operations in Iraq for two days. The announcement follows a string of violent events in Baghdad’s safe zone earlier this week, where over 20 people have died. The airline has taken precautionary measures by canceling all flights to and from the country on August 30th and 31st. It looks as if the airline may further suspend flights going into September. It is keeping a close eye on the situation to help it make the safest decisions possible. Other airlines, such as Emirates, have issued warnings to travelers as it suspended flights to the country for the same days as flydubai.


Precautionary suspension

The UAE’s budget carrier flydubai has suspended flights to and from Baghdad, Iraq for the past two days. The flight suspensions of August 30th and 31st came after violence erupted in the nation’s capital in an area classified as the green zone or “safe zone.” 23 people are confirmed dead, and the airline has chosen to remove itself entirely from the country to reduce the risk posed to its staff and passengers. All passengers affected by these suspensions have been given the option to reschedule or be reimbursed for their flight.

flydubai has suspended all flights to and from Baghdad as a precautionary safety measure. Photo: flydubai

The airline is following the situation closely as it wishes to resume operations in the country while making the safest decisions. A representative for the airline stated,

“Due to the developing situation in Baghdad, flydubai flights to/from Baghdad have been canceled on August 30 and 31. We will continue to monitor the situation closely,”

Local authorities have been working to quell violence in the city while attending to those affected. The airline has yet to declare any further suspensions for September, but as threats continue to loom in the city, there is a chance that the suspensions may go on for another couple of days. Simple Flying has reached out to flydubai regarding its operational plans in Iraq for the rest of the week. This article will be updated once a response has been received.

Potential cancellations

flydubai is not the only airline that has pulled back from service to Iraq as a result of recent events. On Monday, Emirates announced that it would cancel all flights to Baghdad and Basra in response to the sustained violence. It will also likely extend this suspension into the first days of September. The airline stated,

“Emirates is monitoring the situation closely. Affected customers who have booked with travel agents should contact them for alternative travel arrangements or a refund. Customers who have booked directly with Emirates may contact their local office for rebooking options, or visit to request a refund,”

Emirates has suspended flights to Iraq on the same days as flydubai. Photo: Boeing

Other airlines have also altered flight schedules servicing Baghdad in response to the unrest. If violence continues into the coming days, Baghdad airport could see all of its flights canceled as more and more airlines suspend their operations. Signs that violence may continue are growing as the foreign embassies within the country are urging their citizens to flee Iraq before borders are closed.

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Source: Kahlee Times

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