The Iraqi transport ministry said it approved a proposal by a private firm to re-open the Baghdad-London air route after a 20-year hiatus, according to a ministry press release on Sunday.
“The ministry has given the green light to al-Nasser, a private sector company, to re-operate the airline linking Baghdad to London,” read the release as received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
“Members of the large Iraqi community in London received the news with joy as the line had stopped for more than 20 years,” the statement noted, adding Iraqis in London had to take more than one flight in order to reach Baghdad.
An attempt earlier this year by Iraqi Airways to fly this route was abandoned after the plane was temporarily impounded by authorities in London, as a result of a legal claim by Kuwait.
(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)