Flights between Iraq and Russia Resume After 13-Year Halt

Flights between Iraq and Russia Resume After 13-Year Halt

 Airlines resumed flights between Russia and Iraq on Sunday (September 17) after a decade, and three-year halt.

“The first commercial flight arrives today,” Sergei Izvolsky, spokesman for Russia’s civil aviation authority, told AFP. “It is a signal on the part of the Iraqi authorities that Russian nationals can safely visit Iraq.”

A plane from Baghdad airport made its first flight at 10.31 am to Moscow’s Vnukovo airport after 13-year freeze.

Izvolsky said that his country and Iraq are also set to agree on air travel to the Iraqi city of Basra.

Russia halted flights to Iraq due to military traffic in 2004 after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.