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Iraqi Expat

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Iraq to resume flights to Europe this month

The Iraqi government told parliament on Tuesday that commercial passenger flights to Europe would resume this month, 15 years after U.N. sanctions isolated the country under Saddam Hussein.

Do you see it? Do you see the light at the end of the tunnel?


Blogger Fayrouz said...

Yes, I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I also see the safe bird -- Iraqi Airways nickname -- flying again.

June 15, 2005 7:30 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

That's great news, Ahmad!!

June 15, 2005 8:24 pm  
Blogger Osama - Iraqi said...

Iraqi Airways... its been a while.

June 16, 2005 1:20 am  
Blogger Mark said...

Great news.

Will these flights be out of Basra or Baghdad?

June 16, 2005 4:08 am  
Anonymous Annie said...

Hey Louise, want to go to Baghdad with me?!!!!!! I wanna go, I wanna go!!! (:

(It would be such a thrill to me to go to Iraq after all the years of reading and thinking and hoping for Iraq!)

Thanks Ahmad!

June 16, 2005 7:43 am  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Mark, I believe these flights will leave from Baghdad; but I might be wrong.

June 16, 2005 10:24 am  
Blogger Louise said...

Sure Annie!! Not in the summer tho. Too hot. I'd love to see all that history.

June 16, 2005 12:42 pm  
Anonymous Annie said...

That would really be awesome!
Oh, and can we stop in London and see Ahmad? (:

Oh, Ahmad can we stop in London and see you? (:

Maybe those aren't in the appropriate order there....

June 16, 2005 12:51 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Of course you can, that would be great. :)

June 16, 2005 1:22 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Mark, Ahmed,

Yes, the flights from Basra to Baghdad will resume very soon. It will cost something like $180 for a return ticket.

It's worth it when you don't have to take the long drive between the two cities.

June 16, 2005 4:32 pm  
Blogger Ryan_Liam said...

Wow, this is great news. I just like to know why insurgents don't target the planes, or maybe they do?

How come there hasn't been Hijackings etc?

If there hasn't then this somewhat proves that Iraq is on the right track.

God Bless Iraq

June 16, 2005 7:49 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...


The security in and around the airport is very tight. Therefore, there hasn't been any hijacking, to my knowledge.

Also, the way the planes land and take off makes it even harder to target by missiles; they land and take off in a spiral way.

June 16, 2005 8:26 pm  
Blogger Ryan_Liam said...

Thanks for the info, let me just say you're doing a good job on this blog, its surprising you've not gone to the BBC or Media about this to counter the usual perception of the country, ever had any offers? and if so, would you do it?

June 17, 2005 12:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very cool!


June 17, 2005 12:58 am  
Blogger dcat said...


Can you be my travel guide? Let me know of all the good spa's in London and in Bagdad :)

June 17, 2005 1:52 am  
Blogger Ahmad said...


Sure I can ;)

June 17, 2005 10:21 am  
Blogger Ahmad said...


No. No offers; but yes I would do it. Anything for Iraq and to get more support of the world ;)

June 17, 2005 10:25 am  

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