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Iran Air suspends flights to Saudi Arabia

by Elsa Baxter on Aug 10, 2009


Iran Air is reported to be suspending all flights to Saudi Arabia in order to prevent the spread of swine flu.

According to a report in Gulf News, quoting alarabiya.net, the state-owned airline will bring in the ban on Monday.

The move follows an Iranian government ban on Wednesday for all pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia during the fasting month of Ramadan, which is expected to run from August 22 to September 19.

Mohammad Bagher Lankarani, Health Minister, said at the time: “We will have no pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan.”

Meanwhile, health authorities in Oman held a meeting with staff of the country’s largest school, the Indian School Muscat (ISM), after an undisclosed number of pupils were diagnosed with the H1N1 virus.

Bahrain health officials have announced that all of its 5,000 hajj pilgrims will be given a vaccine for swne flu and seasonal flu before they travel, the Gulf Daily News reported.


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