UK Receives First Iraqi Flight After 20 Years

28 April 2010 (Last Updated April 28th, 2010 18:30)

The first commercial flight from Iraq to the UK landed at London's Gatwick Airport on 25 April after a period of 20 years. Operated by Iraqi Airways, flight IA237 left Baghdad at midday on 25 April (1200 GMT) and reached London via Malmo in Sweden, according to CNN. Iraqi Airw

The first commercial flight from Iraq to the UK landed at London's Gatwick Airport on 25 April after a period of 20 years.

Operated by Iraqi Airways, flight IA237 left Baghdad at midday on 25 April (1200 GMT) and reached London via Malmo in Sweden, according to CNN.

Iraqi Airways will fly two flights a week on Mondays and Saturdays between Baghdad and London with a stopover for security checks in Malmo.

Flight services between Baghdad and London, originally scheduled to begin on 17 April, were delayed for nine days due to the volcanic ash cloud, which shut down most of Europe's airspace.

There were 30 passengers onboard, including the Iraqi transport minister Amer Abduljabbar Ismail and Iraqi Airways chief executive Kifah Hassan.

Commercial air links between Iraq and the UK were cut after the United Nations imposed sanctions on Iraq for invading Kuwait in 1990.