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How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 7:12 pm

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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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 7:15 pm

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
 
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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 7:51 pm

If there is money to be made, they will find a way. Corporate planes/charters come to mind.
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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:07 pm

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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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:08 pm

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!!
 
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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:11 pm

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.
 
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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:35 pm

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
 
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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:42 pm

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

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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:51 pm

Donald Rumpsfeld LOL! Big grin:D:D
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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:51 pm

Donald Rumpsfeld LOL! Big grin Big grin Big grin
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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:57 pm

Ups  Smile

But anyways google "Rumpsfield", and there are considerable hits with Donald...  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: How Can Businessmen Fly To Iraq?

Wed Mar 24, 2004 8:58 pm

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