Austrian Airlines Resumes Flights to Baghdad After 21 Years

Austrian Airlines resumed flights to Baghdad for the first time in 21 years today (Wednesday), with the launch of its Vienna to Baghdad route.

The Austrian carrier is the first western European airline to fly to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, its second destination in Iraq after Erbil.

Austrian Airlines originally introduced a Vienna-Baghdad route in 1982, but flights were suspended because of the Kuwait crisis in 1990.

The company's Chief Executive, Peter Malanik, who was now on board the maiden flight from Vienna to Baghdad, said:

"We are pleased that we are back in Baghdad and that after 21 years we can offer our customers a regular service between Vienna and the Iraqi capital."

Austrian Airlines flies three times per week between Vienna to Baghdad:

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