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First Saudi-Iraq Air Route in 27 years

By John Lee. Saudi Arabian budget airline Flynas is reported to be planning to start services to several Iraqi cities in the coming weeks. If the plan goes ahead, it would be the first service between the two countries since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. (Source: Middle East Eye)

KRG Protests Int’l Air Traffic Embargo

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has reportedly filed a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) following Baghdad’s decision to close the region’s airspace to international traffic. The closure came after Kurdish authorities refused to hand over control of the airports to the central government, following last week’s referendum on Kurdish […]

Baghdad Suspends Int’l Flights to Erbil

By John Lee. Direct international flights will be suspended to and from Erbil International Airport (pictured) starting from Friday evening, following a decision by the Iraqi cabinet and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, an airline official has told Xinhua. The move follows the region’s vote for independence in Monday’s referendum. Airlines including Qatar Airways, EgyptAir and […]

Plans for Flights between Erbil and Urmia

By John Lee. An Iranian official has been quoted as saying that plans are in progress for direct flights between Erbil International Airport (pictured) and the city of Urmia, in Iran’s Kurdistan province. Ahmad Montazami, the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s office in Urmia, told Fars News Agency that the service could be started […]

PIA commences Flights to Najaf

By John Lee. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has reportedly commenced direct flights between Karachi and Najaf. Flights are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, using a single-class Airbus A320. (Sources: Pakistan Aviation, Dawn)

Iraqi Airways to restore Service to Russia

By John Lee. Iraqi Airways plans to re-commence regular flights between Baghdad and Moscow later in September, following a break of 13 years. The news came following talks between Russia’s aviation watchdog Rosaviatsia and the Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi. (Source: Rosaviatsia)

Wataniya Airways to serve Najaf

By John Lee. Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways is to commence return flights to Najaf from 23rd August. According to ArabianBusiness, the route will be served by a newly-delivered Airbus A320. The airline was recently granted a licence to operate at Kuwait International Airport, following a six-year break from business due to financial difficulties. (Source: ArabianBusiness)

Iraqi Airways “not removed” from European Blacklist

By John Lee. Reuters reports that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has denied that it had lifted a ban on Iraqi Airways entering European airspace. The national carrier was banned from flying to Europe in 2015 because it did not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. (Source: Reuters)

Oman Air commences flights to Najaf from November

By John Lee. Oman Air has announce that it will be commencing its four times weekly service from Muscat to Najaf from November. Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer at Oman Air, said: “Following a temporary delay of our service to Najaf as the Operational teams were assessing and scheduling all fleet types for safe deployment […]

Iraqi Airways adds New Routes

By John Lee. Iraqi Airways has announced that it has added two new routes to Iran and Turkey. A route between Najaf to Isfahan will be operated by Boeing 737 and CRJ900, while one between Sulaymaniyah to Istanbul Ataturk will be operated by a Boeing 737. Each route will be served twice a week. (Source: […]

Oman Air Postpones Launch of Najaf Route

By John Lee. Oman Air has announced that the start of its planned service between Muscat and Najaf is delayed from 15th September to 1st October. The airline said in a statement: “The decision was taken in line with Oman Air’s over-riding priority of ensuring the safety and well-being of all its customers and staff.” […]