Any Ideas on how Baghdad International will factor in over the next few years? I know the place is practically a U.S. Mil base & will remain so indefinitely, but if the senses among the U.S. traveling public is to avoid the Mideast from the terrorism issue, then I'd think that would be by far the safest hub short of Kuwait or TLV
for us travelers. I know Virgin has been looking to start a bunch of direct flights via London and Manchester ever since the war "ended" so, I'd guess giving it another few years for things to settle more and Baghdad may become the new "little America", with Kuwait City lol
As far as destinations in the US that are to get nonstops to/from the Mideast- keep watching IAH DFW IAD JFK
for new and expanded service in the next few years. I know that the administration for IAH
are working diligently to land a few Mideast carriers, namely Emirates and Kuwait Airways, to fill the expanded international processing center they just opened last month. Emirates already codeshares to IAH
through Continental, connecting in Europe & EWR
. GulfAir, Saudia, and Royal Jordanian used to all serve IAH
before, now the closest thing to mideast carriers here is PIA's direct service via ORD
and the every once in a while Saudia Cargo flights.
Any word on when Iraqi Airways will restart operations???
No way I'll ever go there unless I'm under D.O.D. or USAF
contract though, either way.
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