Ssides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5069 times:
I tried to search for LHR-Baghdad flights on BA.com, and got this message:
"British Airways does not currently fly to Baghdad"
Security in the area is still not stable enough to justify the risk of commercial flights. Plus, the limited commerce in the area doesn't justify the expense. Airborne and other cargo carriers have flown supplies in, and some commercial airlines may have run charters, but that's it.
I would think that BA, KLM, Royal Jordanian, and Emirates would be among the first airlines to fly to Baghdad. The oil industry will support most of the original flights.
AirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1449 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4934 times:
There is a fairly large tourist/pilgrim market that visits the holy shrines in Najaf and Karbala. Currently most such pax fly to Amman and are bussed into Iraq.
However, I doubt that any of the majors will be flying to Iraq anytime soon.
DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1709 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4704 times:
Given the sensitivity of security and the probability of something happening once insurgents know of scheduled pax flights. I doubt that we'll see any kind of regular commercial service in Iraq-until the probability of something happening is reduced to nil.
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TYSGoVols From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 634 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4596 times:
Ok I am not sure if Delta has the legality to do it but, here in East Tennessee there is a pretty big Iraqi population especially here in Knoxville so a service from ATL to LGW to Iraq would be a good idea. The routing would have to be TYS ATL Europe possible also FRA to Iraq.
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Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7484 posts, RR: 48
Reply 12, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4556 times:
The US airlines that were awarded rights were NW, UA, Kalitta, World Airways, DHL, and Continental. BA, LH, and KLM were among the European carriers awarded route authority to both, Baghdad and Basra. I believe that the US carrier will only codeshare and not physically have aircraft flying there.
Eric From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 12 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4520 times:
SK was also given access to Iraq. They all, at least SK, decided that Iraq was to dangerous to fly into. After several airlines were shot at, they all withdrew. IN the future, they will all return. Access was only given to a few airlines Iraq after occupation of Iraq.
Nwacrew From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4366 times:
When (and if) the region stabilizes, a Detroit - Baghdad flight makes sense, as the largest Iraqi population in the United States is in the Motor City. But as I stated above, I think commercial airline service to Iraq is not something we're going to see anytime soon.