Flights into Baghdad International Airport have been cancelled today by several Gulf based carriers following Monday’s attack, by unknown assailants, on a flydubai Boeing 737 as it came into land reports Phil Blizzard in Dubai.
A flydubai spokesperson told Breaking Travel News: “After landing at Baghdad International Airport on January 26th 2015, damage to the aircraft fuselage consistent with small arms fire was discovered on flydubai flight FZ 215.
“All the passengers disembarked normally through the jet bridge. No medical attention was required at the airport.
“Passengers from Baghdad to Dubai were accommodated on a replacement aircraft.
“An investigation is underway to establish what happened.”
flydubai has cancelled its flight today and passengers have been offered flights to other destinations in Iraq, or a full refund.
Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways is one of the other carriers to suspend flights into the Iraqi capital.
Their spokesman said: “With immediate effect, we have suspended all flights to Baghdad.
“The safety of our customers and employees is always our first priority.”
The airline added: “We will continue to work closely with the authorities and monitor the situation before recommencing scheduled services to Baghdad.”