Royal Jordanian airline suspends flights to Iraq on security concerns

AMMAN: Royal Jordanian, one of the main airlines serving Iraq, said on Saturday it had suspended all flights to Baghdad for at least 24 hours on security grounds. The Jordanian state carrier was “monitoring security developments” in Iraq and would review the resumption of flights over Iraqi airspace on Sunday, said Basel Al Kilani, an airline spokesman. Royal Jordanian until recently had an extensive network over Iraq, with a weekly total of 30 flights, serving Baghdad 11 times a week, as well as Basra in the south, and Irbil and Sulaymaniya in the Kurdish north. It stopped its twice-weekly flights to Mosul shortly after the northern city fell in June to the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Royal Jordanian’s suspension follows similar action by other major airlines after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 on June 17 over a conflict zone in eastern Ukraine with the loss of 298 people on board.

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