BA plans to fly to Basra as airport resumes operation in Sept.

British Airways has applied for a license with the coalition provisional authority to start flying to Iraq's second largest city Basra.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  August 12, 2003

British Airways has applied for a license with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), to operate flights from the British controlled Iraqi city of Basra, although Baghdad International Airport is not expected to reopen until October.

Earlier this month Dutch Airliner KLM cancelled flights to Baghdad because of the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. As of September 1, the airline had planned to operate four weekly flights to Iraq with an economy class ticket costing US $1,126 according to news reports. KLM’s new date for operation is now October 26.

At least 20 airlines in total have applied for operating licenses in Iraq. Of the carriers that have filed applications, six airlines will be servicing the airport in Basra, which will re-open in September, reported Reuters today (August 12).

The airlines include: Emirates, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, LOT Polish Airlines and Scandinavian airline SAS.

According to news reports the airlines will be required to fly two services a week to Basra, but will be limited to a two-hour stop.

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