Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3490 times:
Jhooper: Probably. It has been said that the airport could be fully operational (for passenger services, that is) within the next two months. My guess is commercial services will start around that time.
Godbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3421 times:
The US and British coalition wants to bring the subject of ending the sanctions on Iraq (also than ending "oil for food" programme) into the UN at the beginnig of June. And no idea how France and Germany (France being more important because it has a veto-power in the UN council) will decide but it seems that they won't block any decision.
How strong was the damage of "Saddam International" caused a) by 12 years of being next to dead and b) through the fights that went on there in March?
Too bad not that many airlines are keen of serving Kabul.
Bobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3126 times:
Just a question... who wants to go to Baghdad?
Tourists, aid workers, a few journalists, oil people, lots of NGO staff, and maybe some semi-military traffic? Plus, although Iraq may have been crushed, there are plenty of Iraqi expats/dissidents/emigres in the rest of the world who would want to go back there.
Hey, I'd consider it if my travel wishlist wasn't already a mile long
Touchdown99 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2835 times:
BA and VS, LH, NWA, Austrian.
In addition North American (from JFK via GVA), World Airways (from IAD via GVA), Continental (from IAH... thanks to Dick Cheney, err, Halliburton that is), Gulf Air (from Abu Dhabi), Emirates (from Dubai), Qatar Airways (from Doha), Air Baghdad (from Amman).
The most likely other European candidates seem to be Swiss (if they do not go bancrupt before) and Air France (if Condoleeza will allow weasel airline services to Iraq) as both served BGW until 1990.
OTOH, in 2001quite a few airlines said they planned to serve Kabul and all that has materialized so far are weekly flights by PIA and Mahan Air to Islamabad and Teheran and a thrice-weekly AZAL service to Baku.... (yes, I know Kabul is not Baghdad, but anyway...).