EgyptAir to resume flights to Baghdad on Saturday

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-10 02:43:27|Editor: huaxia

CAIRO, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's national airliner EgyptAir announced in a statement on Thursday that it will resume its flights to Iraqi capital Baghdad starting on Saturday.

EgyptAir announced a three-day suspension of its flights to Baghdad starting on Wednesday over security concerns in the Iraqi capital.

The airliner said that it will continuously "follow up the developments of security conditions (in Iraq) and coordinate with all concerned authorities to make the decisions required for the safety of passengers and planes."

The Egyptian national carrier's decisions came a few days after a U.S. drone attack near Baghdad airport killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi militia leader, and six others.

On Wednesday morning, IRGC claimed responsibility for a series of overnight missile attacks on two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. troops.

Later on Wednesday, Egypt expressed "great concern" over the ongoing developments in Iraq, warning that it would undermine regional security and stability and calling on all parties "to refrain from spiraling into a cycle of mutual violence." Enditem