Baghdad and Moscow, 13 years later, resumed direct flights

CAIRO, September 17. /TASS/. Baghdad and Moscow resumed Sunday direct flights interrupted 13 years ago. For the first time since 2004, the Iraqi airline Iraqi Airways made the flight to the Russian capital. As the correspondent of TASS in the Russian Embassy in Baghdad, on Board the aircraft, arrived in Moscow the Iraqi delegation headed by the Minister of transport by Pengana Kazem al-Hamami.

According to the online scoreboard airport Vnukovo that is the direction of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft landed at 14:03 GMT.

According to Russian diplomats, “the airline plans to operate flights to Moscow twice a week.” “On Sunday evening in Baghdad this Board will arrive the Ambassador of Russia in Iraq Maksim Maksimov,” said the Embassy.

The question of the resumption of direct flights was studied by the two countries in 2014. In late August, the Iraqi carrier has announced plans to perform regular flights from Baghdad to Moscow in September. About the decision announced after negotiations between representatives of the Federal air transport Agency with the Ambassador of Iraq in Russia Haidar Mansour Hadi, as well as representatives of Iraqi Airways and the ICM Group.