COVID-19 prevents Iran from launching flights to Iraq for Arbaeen
TEHRAN, Iran, Oct. 2
The Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran Mohammad Eslami has announced that the country does not have any flights to Iraq for Arbaeen due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, Trend reports citing Fars News Agency.
Eslami explained the details of the decision of the National Committee on Combating Coronavirus regarding the flights to Iraqi cities for the religious holiday of Arbaeen.
The holiday marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual for the commemoration of martyrdom of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad and the third Shia Muslim Imam, Husayn ibn Ali's in 61 AH (680 AD).
"The flights to Iraq during the religious holiday of Arbaeen is for the transfer of official delegations of Iran and Iraq," said Eslami.
"There are no ticket sales for this route," he added.