BMI Anxious to Begin Corkscrewing In For a Baghdad Landing
Has that pesky little Iraq war been upsetting your Middle East travel plans? If British airline BMI has any say in the matter of increasing air passenger traffic to the good old Baghdad International, then your dreams of family reunions in Fallujah and spa weekends in Basra may not be pipe dreams much longer.
Thanks to a rousing meeting last week between Iraqi officials and UK businesses, British investment in the rebuilding country is looking imminent, and maverick companies will need an airline to shuttle them back and forth between deals in London and Baghdad. The Financial Times breaks the news that BMI is not only considering operating flights between the two capitals, making it the first to successfully re-connect the Isles to Iraq in almost twenty years, but that it would like to do so as early as next spring.
Sure, security in the city as well as in the airport has improved immensely, but Londonist has got us fretting more about the corkscrew descent maneuver than dealing with safety on the ground. In the past, you see, airplanes landing at Baghdad International Airport would have to position themselves above the landing strip, bank sharply, and continue down in a corkscrew fashion in order to avoid the random deadly rocket from nearby insurgents.
Is this corkscrewing still happening? Let us know! Because you see, it would suck to look like a Baghdad arrival greenhorn, gripping the armrests for dear life, when we could sit back and enjoy our view straight down to the ground.
· BMI keen to restart flights to Baghdad [FT UK]
· Weekend Break in Baghdad? [Londonist]
· Iraq Travel Coverage [Jaunted]
[Corkscrew photo: megabeth; BMI plane photo: ombrelle]