By John Lee.
Bahrain’s state-owned carrier, Gulf Air, has resumed flights to Najaf after a gap of more than a year, according to Bloomberg. The carrier plans to operate four weekly flights to the city.
A report from AFP that Najaf decided to ban Gulf Air planes from landing, as a sign of “solidarity with the people of Bahrain,” has been denied by Gulf Air.
The airline halted service to Shiite-led countries at the height of anti-government unrest last year, during which at least 50 people were reported to have been killed.
Every year, millions of Shiite pilgrims visit Najaf, where Imam Ali, the Prophet Muhammad’s son-in-low and cousin, is buried.
(Source: Bloomberg, Arabian Aerospace)