Closure expected to continue until 10:00 PM
Baghdad international airport faces temporary halt
BAGHDAD, January 29 – A Lebanese aircraft performed an emergency landing at Najaf Airport on Monday evening, while a Jordanian plane returned to Amman, both initially en route to Baghdad International Airport.
Flight Radar 24, an air traffic tracking website, reported that the Middle East Airlines Airbus 320, flying from Beirut to Baghdad, was rerouted to Najaf Airport, where it landed at 6:18 PM.
The site also indicated that Royal Jordanian Airlines flight RJA814, which had departed from Amman for Baghdad, altered its course, returning to the Jordanian capital about 30 minutes after takeoff.
Subsequent to these events, Baghdad International Airport saw no further air traffic after 4:00 PM. The last recorded activities were an Iraqi Airways flight arriving from Cairo and a flight departing Baghdad for Amman.
The airport has officially announced a halt to all flights due to urgent maintenance on one of its runways, expected to last until 10:00 PM.
In a statement to 964media, the airport’s media office elaborated, “Baghdad International Airport’s management wishes to inform the public and our esteemed travelers of the temporary suspension of all inbound and outbound flights. This interruption is due to urgent maintenance of runway 15 L 33 R, with completion of the necessary repairs anticipated by 10:00 PM tonight.”