BA eyes return to Baghdad

British Airways has announced that it is in talks with the UK government about restarting flights between London and Baghdad 13 years after it stopped the service.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 21, 2003

British Airways has announced that it is in talks with the UK government about restarting flights between London and Baghdad 13 years after it stopped the service. BA flew to Iraq for 60 years up to the first Gulf War.

"We have been in discussions with the UK government for some time about relief flights and resuming scheduled services. We have a long history of flying to Iraq and are keen to re-establish regular services as soon as political stability and security return to the country,” says British Airways’ chief executive, Rod Eddington.

"We have the rights to fly to Iraq and we are now awaiting confirmation from the British government that it is safe to return," he adds.

The carrier intends to operate a Boeing 767 three times a week from London Heathrow to Baghdad. The Iraqi capital would be BA’s 13th Middle East destination in 10 countries.

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