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Baghdad Airport May Reopen In Next Month  
User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

Newly renamed Bahgdad Internatioanl airport(formerly Saddam International) may be functioning by July according to a news report, the runway is pock marked and the main passenger terminal is being used as a barrack for coalition troops, but demand from airlines wanting to resume operations to the Iraq may speed up the opening.


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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

may be functioning by July

For a given value of functioning.
Some commercial carriers already have limited operations there, surely?  Smile
(although there are hardly swarms of tourists yet...)



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2358 times:

Is it still SDA or some new code was chosen?

User currently offlineAmir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2318 times:

Hi airmale,

DHL is already operating trice weekly AN-12 to BAH.
Does anyone know what happened to the ex Gulf Falcon planes stationed in Irak (at least one 707 and one 747sp) wehre they flown out before the outbreak of war?

Regards
Amir


User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

How can it be opening, if the Americans don't control it?

Signed,
The Information Minister.


User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

Hi Amir! I believe so are a new startup 'Air Baghdad' and Royal Jordanian.


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

Are there many Indians (or descendants) or Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, Nepalese, living within Iraq? If so, would there be sufficient demand to warrant a service to the relevant country?


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User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

Iraqi Airways used to serve Karachi, Delhi and Bombay, PIA, Air India and Biman Bangladeash flew to Baghdad so I guess there was demand, dont know now, but a lot of people still travel to Iraq for religious purposes from Pakistan via Iran.


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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7925 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

I would have thought if there are many guestworkers in Iraq from India / Sri Lanka et al, they won't need to be asked twice if they'd like to move somewhere safer. They'll be hanging off the undercarriage of the first few flights? Hopefully at the same time there'll be some civic-minded expat Iraqis keen to get in and roll their sleeves up and help rebuild the country.

Come on though, Air CANADA (not even a US airline) have had to cancel flights to BEIRUT (the most pro-western liberal Arab city) for reasons of national security (!); so how on earth are NW et al going to fly to Baghdad, where there is no gov't, everyone's armed and most of them seem to be shooting at Americans? I know applications have been filed but in view of the 'Air Canada to Beirut' pipedream, I doubt we'll see a US carrier at Baghdad this decade. Royal Jordanian MAYBE, that's going to be it for the foreseeable. Anyone who thinks different needs to read a non-US newspaper.



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User currently offlineAmir From Syria, joined Dec 1999, 1254 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

Hi Cedarjet,
i like your middle east comments  Wink/being sarcastic
yes i see it similar. Whereas i can think of the following version: US biz.men start or support a new iraqi start-up airline. Though this coul dbe a profitable solution without going into the risk of flying there with N-XXX registered planes.

In Iraq the number of guest workers from the indian subcontinent is very small. Most of them left to Kuwait and via Syria (saw many of them) to their home countries or got settled in Kuwait (of course only those who could fine a so called Sponsor)
Regards
amir


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2057 times:

So it's fair to say that a service to or from both DEL and BOM is likely?


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 375 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2008 times:

Cedarjet Qatar Airways are launching service to Baghdad from the 10th of June, Gulf Air are also planning to return there, Lufthansa and Air France I think will be warmly welcomed.


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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7925 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (10 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1959 times:

I can really see Lufthansa and Air France being welcomed by the Americans. Ho ho.

[Edited 2003-06-06 00:50:28]


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