Egyptair to Start Weekly Flights to Baghdad after Holiday
Egypt's national airline EgyptAir will launch a weekly charter flight to Baghdad after a Muslim holiday celebrated next week, an airline official said Tuesday.
"A charter flight will be made every Tuesday to Baghdad after the Eid al-Fitr holiday," which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the official said on condition he not be named.
He did not set an exact date for the launch of the flights but January 2 is the first Tuesday after the holiday, which is expected to be held in Egypt next Wednesday based on a sighting of the new moon.
In Amman last week, Jordan's Civil Aviation chief Jihad Rsheid said that Jordan would allow Egypt to use its airspace for a weekly flight to Iraq.
But he stressed that final approval will rest with the UN sanctions committee, adding that the Egyptian authorities had already contacted them and were waiting for a favorable response.
The EgyptAir official did not make clear whether the sanctions committee had given the green light.
The flight will be the latest sign of improved ties between Cairo and Baghdad after the effective resumption of diplomatic relations in November, which had been cut off since the 1991 Gulf war.
Jordan spearheaded the first Arab flight to Baghdad in September as part of humanitarian efforts to lift a decade of UN sanctions on Iraq and now runs two flights to the Iraqi capital under UN approval -- CAIRO (AFP)
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