Airliners of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan – Kuwait Airways, FlyDubai and Royal Jordanian Airlines – have halted flights to the Iraqi city of Najaf amid mass anti government demonstrations in southern Iraq.
The Kuwaiti national airliner released a statement about halting flights to Najaf “until further notice.” The company promised to provide passengers with flight tickets on other dates or to return them money for tickets without any penalties.
“Royal Jordanian Airline decided to halt its services between Amman and the Iraqi city of Najaf, effective July 15, 2018, and until further notice, in view of the security situation at Najaf Airport,” the company said in a statement.
FlyDubai announced cancellation of flights until July 22.
Protests against unemployment and poor state of communal services sector began in Iraq’s southern city of Basra about a week ago, escalating further after the death of one of the protesters. The protesters, in particular, are demanding that the country’s authorities put an end to the disruptions in the electricity and water supplies and are calling for more jobs.