Jaspike
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Basra Airport To Open In July

Wed Mar 17, 2004 6:38 am

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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RE: Basra Airport To Open In July

Wed Mar 17, 2004 7:10 am

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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RE: Basra Airport To Open In July

Wed Mar 17, 2004 7:33 am

On Qatar Airways route map, they show Basra as a destination in 2004, but there is nothing in their schedule.
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RE: Basra Airport To Open In July

Wed Mar 17, 2004 7:59 am

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.
 
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RE: Basra Airport To Open In July

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:25 am

Jaspike, the world isn't you... open your mind!!!  Big grin
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RE: Basra Airport To Open In July

Thu Mar 18, 2004 6:33 am

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

 
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RE: Basra Airport To Open In July

Thu Mar 18, 2004 9:54 am

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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