New London-Baghdad Flights

The first direct flights between London and Baghdad by a private Iraqi firm will begin this week, a civil aviation official said on Sunday.

Al-Naser Airlines, owned by Iraqi businessman Hussein al-Khawam, “will fly its first Baghdad-London flight on November 3, but that date is not finalised,” said Nasser Hussein Badr, civil aviation director at the transport ministry.

AFP reports that a Boeing 737 leased from a European firm would initially fly the route, he said, without specifying what name the airline would bear.

Flagship carrier Iraqi Airways said in May that the state-owned company would be dissolved after one of its planes was temporarily impounded at London’s Gatwick Airport in relation to a financial row with Kuwait.

Al-Naser’s announcement came on the same day a plane operated by France’s Aigle Azur landed at Baghdad International Airport, becoming the first flight by a European carrier to arrive in the city since a 1990 international embargo on Iraq.

(Source: Aigle Azur)

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