Turkish Airlines and Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines (MEA) resumed flights to Baghdad on Thursday after halting them earlier in the week when bullets hit a plane as it was landing in the Iraqi capital.
At least seven airlines suspended flights to Baghdad following the shooting incident.
flydubai, Emirates, Air Arabia and Etihad Airways suspended flights in line with a directive from the United Arab Emirates’ civil aviation authority.
A flydubai spokesman said its service would remain suspended until February 2, whilst an official at Air Arabia said he was not aware of any changes to the suspension. There was no immediate word from the other carriers.
A message on Qatar Airways’ website on Thursday said service between Doha and Baghdad had been suspended until February 5 with resumption subject to daily review.
Iraqi Transport Minister Bayan Jabor said the plane operated by budget carrier flydubai was hit at an altitude of 600 metres (2,000 feet) by gunfire from what he said was likely a light machine gun.