Dubai: The UAE’s national carrier Emirates and the low-budget airline flydubai resumed their flights to Baghdad on Thursday, the airlines’ spokesperson confirmed.
Emirates and flydubai cancelled only one flight each on Wednesday in the wake of the Iranian missile attack on US bases in Iraq on Tuesday night.
“We are operating to schedule including flights FZ 211 and FZ 212 between Dubai and Baghdad. We continue to monitor the situation, while ensuring the adherence to all safety and navigational guidelines,” said the flydubai spokesperson.
Emirates flight EK 943 from Dubai to Baghdad and flight EK 944 from Baghdad to Dubai on 8 January was cancelled for operational reasons.
Regarding flight paths, the spokesperson earlier said: “flydubai operates within flight paths approved by our regulator. We continue to monitor the situation and will make any changes, if necessary, in consultation with the relevant authorities.”
Meanwhile, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has issued instructions to national airlines, recommending them to evaluate potential risks in areas that may endanger flight operations. The GCAA recommended national carriers to take caution and be careful due to the current situations in the region. In a statement issued Wednesday, the GCAA said it continues to assess and follow the situation and will take appropriate measures in due course.