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Saudi airline begins flights to Iraq

The main target customers will be Muslim pilgrims, who have been forced to reach Islamic holy sites by overland travel.

July 15, 2010 9:12 by

Saudi-based Alwafeer airline will begin flights to Iraq today, following a 20-year disruption in service that began following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, according to an airline official quoted by the AFP.

Alwafeer, a Jeddah-based airline, will make its inaugural flight to Baghdad on Thursday, with one flight weekly scheduled to Baghdad, and two flight to Basra.

When the airline launched last September, it targeted mainly Muslim pilgrims visiting Mecca and Medina, with flights from from Niger, Chad, Libya and India. But Alwafeer has now added a weekly flight to Indonesia, and the new Iraqi routes.

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