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How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?  
User currently offlineMn From Finland, joined Jan 2004, 52 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

As there are not any commercial flights to Baghdad or any other Iraqi city, I'm curious to know how does businessmen get to Iraq. I know there are many non-military people. Are they getting there buy road or does some company arrange special business flights to Iraq? I don't think that US Air Force carries any outsiders there.

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User currently offlineQIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2300 times:

Many of the Businessmen are mostly flying to KWI as far as I know. And they go by other transportations like car from there... But please correct me if I'm wrong.  Smile

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

If there is money to be made, they will find a way. Corporate planes/charters come to mind.


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User currently offlineSleak76 From Kuwait, joined Nov 2000, 345 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2035 times:

I remember back in November, a DHL flight going to Baghdad (from Amman) had a near-miss with a missile fired from the ground near Baghdad Airport. As a result, newspapers wrote about the incident plus mentioning that another airline also serves Baghdad regularly.

Part of that news was:

Royal Jordanian, the parent company of Royal Wings, said it was halting its flights between Baghdad and Amman until at least Wednesday.

"After November 25, the company will decide if it will restart its flights to Baghdad or not," an official said.

The three-month-old service, which became daily this month, was open only to journalists, businessmen, aid workers, coalition officials and members of the interim Governing Council but provided an important link to the outside world as the coalition tries to rebuild the war-ravaged country.

(source: http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0%2C4057%2C7956171%255E1702%2C00.html)

Otherwise, business people, as Qlguy24 correctly stated, are flying normal commercial flights to KWI and, from there, their local contacts in Kuwait arrange a ride (via land) to the Kuwaiti/Iraqi border. Basra isn't too far away from the borders and thus a car-trip isn't seen as much of an ordeal with the exception of safety once you cross the borders and head inland into Iraq.



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User currently offlineSparky747 From Ireland, joined Feb 2004, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Most people fly into Amman Jordan and then take a car to Baghdad. The car journey takes about 9 hours on a horrible road with plenty of check points etc. Sounds like fun eh!!

User currently offlineAnts From New Zealand, joined Feb 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2016 times:

Royal Jordanian do charter flights for humanitarian workers and businessmen. Flights were suspended for a while after a DHL courier plane was hit by a Surface to Air Missile in November 2003.

More info available here:

http://news.airwise.com/stories/2004/01/1073986696.html

I went to Royal Jordanian Airline's website, but it didn't mention any flight times or prices.

I believe other Middle Eastern airlines occassionally do charter flights as well.


User currently offlineAnts From New Zealand, joined Feb 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

By the way, the plan is for Basra airport to reopen to commercial flights in July 2004, after the airport infrastructure & security is improved. It's viewed as being more secure than Baghdad International airport.

This interesting article talks to a Brit officer in charge of managing the airport:

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2657375


User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

Maybe they take US military planes since the war stands in close relation to the possible US engagement in fetching contracts  Sad

Ask Donald Rumpsfeld's company, they might know


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

Donald Rumpsfeld LOL! Big grin:D:D


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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

Donald Rumpsfeld LOL! Big grin Big grin Big grin


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User currently offlineMrniji From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1889 times:

Ups  Smile

But anyways google "Rumpsfield", and there are considerable hits with Donald...  Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16908 posts, RR: 67
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

The man with the hands. Note 90% of the pics. Keep your hands out of the frame Rumpie!


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