A private airline in the Gulf emirate of Dubai will start regular flights to sanctions-hit Iraq from Wednesday, a company source said Tuesday.
Nada al-Sharq International will organize four flights a week to Iraq, three leaving from the neighboring emirate of Sharjah and one from Dubai International Airport, the source said.
The first flight, a Boeing 727 carrying a delegation of 167 Emirati personalities and the Iraq consul to the United Arab Emirates as well as a cargo of medicines, will leave Sharjah early Wednesday.
Nada al-Sharq International was created almost one year ago and is headed by Sheikh Maktoum bin Hashr bin Manae al-Maktoum, a member of Dubai's ruling family.
Iraq and the UAE formally renewed diplomatic relations in July after a 10-year break following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
Despite the break in relations, Abu Dhabi has been one of the main suppliers of humanitarian aid to Iraq over the last few years and economic exchanges were estimated to stand at more than 400 million dollars.
The UAE so far organized two humanitarian flights to Iraq, in October and November -- DUBAI (AFP)
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