December 7, 2012 FAA Approves U.S. Airlines to Iraq
in 1996 the FAA banned US airlines from flying into Iraq. Yesterday as published in the federal register (the daily bulletin for executive branch regulations) that ban has been lifted for cities in northern Iraq. Note this does not include Baghdad. Also those airports must meet TSA standards for flights to the US.
This is nice, however I don’t think there has been scheduled service to Iraq since Pan Am in the 1980’s. I don’t see any US airlines taking advantage of this, but hey I can now dream about going to Erbil on United.
Note, there is currently scheduled service to Erbil on several European and Middle Eastern airlines. Bagdad is served by several Middle Eastern carriers as well as Austrian Airlines.
See the full FAA ruling here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2003-14766