Lufthansa eyes flights to Baghdad

Germany’s national airline, Lufthansa, has become the latest carrier to express an interest in flying to Iraq. It follows in the wake of a host of Middle East, European and American carriers.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  May 19, 2003

Germany’s national airline, Lufthansa, has become the latest carrier to express an interest in flying to Iraq. It follows in the wake of a host of Middle East, European and American carriers.

Lufthansa served Baghdad between 1957 and 1990, with several interruptions, and it says it intends to resume flights to Baghdad as soon as possible. “Baghdad with its oil refineries is the country's leading industrial centre and especially for business travellers will become an increasingly important destination. With a flight from Germany, Lufthansa could offer its customers an attractive service for this market,” says a company statement.

“Precondition for the start of flights is the clarification of still open questions of transport law as well as the approval of the administration in Iraq. A final decision will be made in the next few weeks,” it adds.

Within the region, Gulf Air and Emirates have both signalled an interest in flying to Baghdad, while international carriers are also queuing. BA has announced that it wants to resume service, and Virgin Atlantic, which flew humanitarian aid to Basra on May 2, is also looking to start flights to Baghdad.

US commercial flights are still banned by the American government, however, Northwest has already approached the Department of Transport about flying to Baghdad once the embargo ends.

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