Iraqi Airways aims to restore Kuwait services

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Iraqi Airways is aiming to restart flights to Kuwait, restoring a link severed since the invasion of Kuwait more than two decades ago.

The Iraqi ministry of transport says that the carrier is "preparing to re-establish" the air routes between the two states after the resolution of debts owed to Kuwait.

It adds that the route was "interrupted for a long time" but that the ministry hopes it will re-open "in the near future".

"It would serve to open the door for joint co-operation between the two countries," it adds.

Kuwait's civil aviation regulator, cited by the country's official news outlet, has indicated that flights could begin as early as 16 February, and operate four times per week.