Austrian Airlines says to resume flights to Baghdad

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Austrian Airlines (AUA), a subsidiary of German flag carrier Lufthansa, said on Wednesday it will resume flights between Vienna and Baghdad after a gap of 21 years from June 8.

AUA, which halted services to Baghdad in 1990 as a result of the Gulf War, said in a statement it will offer three flights a week between the two capitals in an Airbus A320 passenger jet.

The airline already flies to Erbil in the north of Iraq.

At the end of October, the privately-owned French carrier Aigle Azur launched the first direct service by a European airline to Baghdad since an international embargo in 1990.

But Aigle Azur said in January it would postpone the start of the service between Paris and Baghdad for security reasons.

© 2011 AFP

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