Saudi Airlines to operate first Baghdad flight in 27 years

Saudi Airlines to operate first Baghdad flight in 27 years
Updated 30 October 2017

Saudi Airlines to operate first Baghdad flight in 27 years

Saudi Airlines to operate first Baghdad flight in 27 years

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Airlines will launch its first flight to Baghdad in 27 years on Monday, state media said.
The airline, also known as Saudia, will depart from the Red Sea city of Jeddah barely two weeks after Saudi budget carrier flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990.
“Saudi Arabian Airlines will inaugurate regular flights between Saudi Arabia and Iraq after an interruption of 27 years,” the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
“The resumption of flights is in line with growing ties between the two brotherly countries.”
Flights between Iraq and Saudi Arabia were suspended in August 1990 after former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein ordered his troops into neighboring Kuwait.
Earlier this month Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Saudi Arabia's King Salman held the first meeting of the joint Saudi-Iraqi coordination council, which is aimed at upgrading strategic ties.