Gulf carrier lifts flight suspension to Iraq

Gulf Air appeared to be one of the more cautious local airlines during the Iran crisis but has now deemed it safe to resume flights to Baghdad and Najaf
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Gulf Air will resume flights to Iraq in February, nearly a month after it suspended services to the country over security and safety concerns during the recent US-Iran crisis.

Normal service will resume to both Baghdad and Najaf on 1 February and services to Erbil will commence on 2 February with three weekly flights.

Bahrain’s national carrier was one of two Middle Eastern carriers which suspended flights to Baghdad earlier this month after tensions in the region rose.

At the beginning of the month, the US killed a top Iranian commander in an air strike near Baghdad’s airport.

The fallout from the attack saw the Federal Aviation Administration ban US carriers from flying over Iranian and Iraqi airspace with many other major international airlines following suit.

Shortly after, Iran shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines flight “in human error” after mistaking it for a US cruise missile.     

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