Navigational data showed the cancellation of about 15 flights at Bahrain International Airport, on the eve of the announcement by Gulf Air. A number of airlines have stopped their flights to Iraqi cities in the midst of tensions in the region.
The list of canceled flights included 13 coming flights and 2 departing flights. The airlines that cancelled their flights include Etihad, Emirates and Fly Dubai, as well as Gulf Air. The cancellation included flights from Dubai, Najaf, Baghdad, and Muscat.
Bahrain’s Gulf Air suspended flights to and from Baghdad and the shrine city of Najaf south of the capital until further notice “due to safety and security issues”, the carrier announced on Twitter.
The United States carried out an airstrike that killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and nine others, including members of an Iraqi pro-Iranian group, outside Baghdad’s airport early Friday.
The strike sparked fears of an escalation in violence in the region, with Iran vowing “severe revenge” for Soleimani’s death.