International flights to Iraq were cancelled yesterday after bullets were fired at a Flydubai aircraft as it landed.
It is thought that the shots were fired from an area south of Baghdad International Airport, west of the capital.
The shots damaged the 737’s fuselage and one child was injured in the incident.
Air Arabia, Emirates, Etihad, Flydubai, Royal Jordanian and Turkish Airlines are among airlines to have cancelled flights following a ban on flights to and from Baghdad imposed by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority.
However, speaking at a press conference, Iraq’s transport minister, Bakr al-Zubaidi, allegedly down played the incident and called for airlines to return to normal operations.
In August last year the FAA banned US airlines from flying over Iraq deeming it a “hazardous situation”.