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Saudi Airlines to operate first Baghdad flight in 27 years

Saudi Airlines to operate first Baghdad flight in 27 years

Saudia will fly twice a day from the Red Sea city of Jeddah to Baghdad

The Saudi Arabia state-owned airline will start regular flights to Baghdad on October 30, Flynas plane land in the Iraqi capital is first commercial flight since 1990..

Saudi Arabia state media said the resumption of flights is in line with growing ties between the two brotherly countries and aimed to upgrading to relation between the nations.

According to news report the carrier’s Director General, Saleh bin Nasser al-Jasser will accompany reporters and passengers on the first flight to depart from the Saudi city of Jeddah to Baghdad.

The Flights between Iraq and Saudi Arabia were suspended in August 1990 after former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein ordered his troops into neighbouring Kuwait and Saudi Arabian budget airline Flynas was the first Saudi airline to fly to Iraq in more than 25 years.

After years of tense relations, ties between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite-majority Iraq have begun looking up in recent months.

Earlier this month Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Saudi King Salman held the first meeting of the joint Saudi-Iraqi coordination council, which is aimed at upgrading strategic ties.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are both wooing Baghdad in an effort to halt the growing regional influence of arch-foe Iran.

In August the two countries said they planned to open the Arar land border crossing for trade for the first time since 1990. Iraq is seeking economic benefits from closer ties with Riyadh as both countries suffer from a protracted oil slump.

Private carrier flynas, in which Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal holds a 34-per cent stake, also plans to expand its routes from Saudi airports to major cities across Iraq.

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