New Baghdad-Doha Air Route

The spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Transport said on Saturday that direct flights between Baghdad and the Qatari capital, Doha will commence today [Monday].

Initially there will be only one flight per week, according to the report from AKnews.

The spokesman stated that Iraq wants to open direct flights with all developed countries which enjoy strategic relations with Iraq. Resuming the flights will reinforce Iraq's economic ties since the country will be linked to the Gulf countries' economic institutions.

The economic embargo imposed on Iraq in 1990s due to the policies of Saddam Hussein's regime led to the suspension of most of the direct flights into and out of Iraq.

Recently direct flights between Iraq and France as well as the UK, India, and Yemen also were resumed.

Iraq Business News believes the new Baghdad-Doha route is being operated by Qatar Airways.

(Sources: AKnews, Gulf News)

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