Esoteric route watch – time moves on

Twenty two years is about par for the course for this one.  Iraq’s state airline is resuming flights to Kuwait this week for the first time since Saddam Hussein invaded the Gulf state in 1990.

Diplomatic relations improved last year after Kuwait and Iraq came to a settlement over Gulf War-era debts, and were bolstered by a series of bilateral visits involving Kuwait’s ruler and Iraq’s prime minister. In December Kuwait Airways dropped its legal case against Iraqi Airways in return for compensation of $500 million.

Kuwait Airways is not returining the compliment with a Baghdad service, though the Kuwaiti lo-co Jazeera Airways already serves Najaf.



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