BMI hopes to introduce flights to Baghdad

Airline plans to re-establish air links with Iraqi capital

BMI hopes to introduce flights to Baghdad
BMI hopes to introduce flights to Baghdad

BMI is hoping to re-establish air links with Baghdad to help develop business between the UK and Iraq.

The airline met with senior Iraqi government officials to express its interest at a forum in London attended by the Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and UK Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise Lord Mandleson.
 
BMI chief executive Nigel Turner said: "I have told Iraq's transport minister Amr Abduljabber Ismail that we recognise the considerable efforts that are being made to get business and commerce between our two countries to develop and grow. In order for those efforts to succeed normal transport, links have to be in place."
 
The airline is unable to commence services to Heathrow until the UK Government permits UK aircraft or British-registered carriers to fly in and out of Iraq, Turner added.

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