British Airways, other airlines to resume Iraq flights

British Airways, other airlines to resume Iraq flights

British Airways and six other airlines have been granted permission by Iraq to resume cargo and passenger services to the southern city of Basra.

The country's Governing Council approved flights by Gulf Air, Royal Jordanian, Emirates, Qatar Airways, SAS and LOT Polish Airlines to resume flights at the end of August or soon after.

British Airways will be among a second group of carriers granted international flights to the country's second-largest airport since services were suspended during Gulf War 13 years ago.

The airline plans to operate Boeing 777 service to Basra twice a week via Kuwait, although a date has not yet been set for flights to restart.