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.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz