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Basra Airport To Open In July  
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

He said 350 locals were already working at the airport base and the area was ripe for commercial activity.

"It won't take a lot to get us going. The important thing is it will have to be a phased transition from military control to civil control," he added.

He said the airport's immediate needs were for an air freight company to come on board, and management for a civil airport and customs and immigration to be set up.

Renovation work and an estimated £15m will also be vital for an airport where the tower has no radar - it was bombed on the second day of the war.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3517264.stm

Interesting... I don't know about you, but I'm not too interested in going to Basra  Laugh out loud

Tom

[Edited 2004-03-16 22:38:53]

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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8114 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3265 times:

I'm sure there is plenty of money to be made flying Iraqis and others in and out of Iraq - before the US imposed sanctions, Iraqi Airways flew to Brazil, Japan and of course all over Europe and the ME. I hope it's possible to safely open Basra (and Baghdad) as soon as possible - another step for Iraq becoming a normal country again.

PS Jaspike, I think Basra would be more interesting than Nottingham! I'd go for a look around.



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User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

On Qatar Airways route map, they show Basra as a destination in 2004, but there is nothing in their schedule.


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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13115 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3195 times:

As many of you may know, Basra is the major shipping harbor for oil and other goods for Iraq. As it is close to Kuwait and quite distant from Bagdad, it is being redeveloped quite early, to get trade going, especially the oil shipping. So it is natural that getting the airport going soon will have a beneifcial affect in that redevelopment and investment there, and to get Iraq back on it's own feet.

User currently offlineBrasuca From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 717 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3146 times:

Jaspike, the world isn't you... open your mind!!!  Big grin


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User currently offlineCambrian From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 619 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

Basra is the major shipping harbor for oil and other goods for Iraq

it is being redeveloped quite early, to get trade going, especially the oil shipping


That explains why Baghdad isn't being developed- and of course the appalling security situation on the ground.

But of course, we went to war because of WMD's  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6816 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2974 times:

Jaspike, the world isn't you... open your mind!!!

Yeah Jaspike....why wouldn't you want to go to an overly hostile place, where guerilla terrorist tactics have been ongoing for months killing thousands of innocent civilians, (including another bombing at a hotel today), where political, religious extremist, and military forces are all embroiled in a maelstrom of chaos?
 Yeah sure


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