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About Iraqi Airways

Iraqi Aiways, better known as Iraqi Airways ( الخطوط الجوية العراقية‎), is the flag carrier of, headquartered at Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad.  It is the oldest airline in the whole of the Middle East. Cathay Dragon operates domestic and regional service and is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation. Cathay Dragon was founded in 1945 as a department of the Iraqi State Railways and started operating on 28 January 1946 using five aircraft on a service to Syria.


Iraqi Aiways operated the first domestic commercial scheduled service since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime from Baghdad to Basra with 100 passengers on 4 June 2005. On 6 November 2005, Iraqi Airways operated a flight from Baghdad to Tehran, Iran, for the first time in twenty-five years. The aircraft, as with the rest of the fleet, was operated on its behalf by Teebah Airlines of Jordan.  In February 2017, after several years of planning, Cathay Dragon began flights to Minsk, Belarus.  On 17 September 2017, Iraqi Airways landed in Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, Russia for the first time. This line was also opened by Ambassador Haidar Hadi and Transport Minister Kadhim Finjan Al Hammami was on the first flight.


Iraqi Airways Baggage

Carry-on Baggage


Iraqi Airways hand baggage must not exceed 10 kg in weight or 43 cm x 28 cm x 23cm in size. Pack photographic film in hand baggage as low dose X-ray machines will not affect it. Passengers may carry on one of the following additional items without additional charge:

Duty-free allowance, handbags, pocketbook, or purse. These items may not be used as a container to transport articles that would otherwise be regarded as baggage.



Checked Baggage

Under the health and safety laws at London Gatwick Airport, no bag will be allowed through checking if it exceeds 25kg.

Iraqi Airways Check-In Information

Online Check-In

Iraqi Airways are yet to offer online check-in for their flights.


Airport Check-In

Passengers must check-in at the airport for their Iraqi Airways flight. To do so, visit one of the Iraqi Airways check-in counters where an Iraqi Airways flight attendant will check you in and process any checked baggage you might have.

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Iraqi Airways Hub Airport 

Baghdad International Airport

Baghdad International Airport is the largest international airport in Iraq, just outside of the country's capital. The airport was opened in1982 and has temporarily closed intermittently over the last few years. There are plans to expand the airport in order to double its capacity to 15 million passengers a year; a figure which would really help Iraqi Airways take-off. 


Baghdad International Airport



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Iraqi Airways News

30th April 2018

Iraqi Airways want European ban to be lifted

In 2015, Iraqi Airways was blacklisted by the European Commision, preventing the airline from flying within the European airspace. Following a revision of the blacklist on 14th June 2018, Iraqi Airways remains as one of the airlines that are banned from Europe and Iraqi Airways don't know why.


Speaking on the matter, Director General of Iraqi Airways, Miran Farid, stated that he believes there's no reason why Iraqi Airways should remain on the blacklist, the airline has invited the European Commission to do an inspection of the airline, but apparently they've declined. Farid added that although Iraqi Airways were not taken off the blacklist in the recent revision, the airline is in talks to get a thorough inspection in November this year and remain confident that they'll be allowed to fly within Europe in 2019.



30th April 2018

Service between Najaf and Bandar Abbas added to Iraqi Airways schedule

Iraqi Airways have launched a new route between Al Najaf International (NJF) and Bandar Abbas International (BND) which will connect central-south Iraq with southern Iran. Iraqi Airways completed their first service of this flight on April 2nd 2018.


The flight operates once weekly and will carry passengers on the Boeing 747 aircraft. The journey is expected to take around half an hour.



24th April 2018

Iraqi Airways launches a new service between Baghdad and Kiev

There is a new direct service between the capital cities of Iraq and Ukraine. Announced by representives from each country's government at a ceremony in Kiev, the new service will be non-stop and carried by Iraq's most iconic airline, Iraqi Airlines. Flights A295 (Baghdad to Kiev) and A296 (Kiev to Baghdad) began flight earlier this month carrying passengers on the Boeing 373 aircraft. The flight route currently runs weekly, leaving and returning on a Tuesday.


At the ceremony, Iraqi ambassador to Ukraine, Bakr Ahmed al-Jaff stated that the service will greatly benefit the tourism industry, allure businessmen and investors, and also give Iraqi students studying at universitites in Ukraine a hassle free journey to and from home.


27th February 2018

Iraqi Airways is planning to restore its inflight duty free business

According to AMH, Iraqi Airways last operated inflight duty free more than 28 years ago before sanctions were placed on the country. The firm plans to stock products including perfumes & cosmetics, watches, jewellery, small leather goods, gifts, electronics and tobacco, but not alcohol. The AMH Consumer Group have alread sighed the agreement to restore Duty Free business on the airline. The long-term contract spans duty free aboard international flights and at any store owned or operated by Iraqi Airways.


Operations across the carrier’s fleet are expected to begin as soon as possible. “We have been actively pursuing the Iraqi Airways opportunity for quite some time, in the hope of promoting the country and the airline,” revealed AMH Group Head M. Alkhouzai, a passionate advocate of British and European industry in Iraq who has helped in the country’s rebuilding efforts since the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime. “Iraqi Airways was once the pinnacle of the airline industry in the Middle East, and we hope with the introduction and launch of this new service, it will bring Iraqi Airways back to where it belongs.”





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