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03 Jan 2020 | 11:22 AM UTC

Iraq: Royal Jordanian Airlines suspends flights to Baghdad January 3

Royal Jordanian Airlines suspends all flights between Amman and Baghdad January 3; confirm flight reservations



Royal Jordanian Airlines announced that all flights between Amman (Jordan) and Baghdad would be suspended as of Friday, January 3, until further notice due to the security situation in Baghdad and at Baghdad International Airport (BGW). Flights to the other Iraqi cities, Basra, Erbil, Najaf, and Sulaymaniyah, will continue to operate as scheduled. Further flight cancelations are possible over the near term.


The US Department of Defense released a statement on January 3, claiming responsibility for an airstrike targeting Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Iran's Quds Force, near Baghdad International Airport (BGW). According to the statement, Soleimani was "actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region." Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), was also killed in the strike along with six other individuals.


Individuals flying via Royal Jordanian Airlines are advised to monitor the situation and confirm flight reservations.

The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.