First flight for new Iraq-Saudi Arabia route

NAJAF — Najaf International Airport celebrated the arrival of its first flight from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday morning, marking a significant step in strengthening bilateral relations under a cooperation agreement between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The flight, operated by Flynas, carried 120 passengers and was commemorated by the presence of Saudi Ambassador Abdulaziz Al-Shammari and Najaf Governor Yusuf Kanawi.

During a press conference, Ambassador Al-Shammari conveyed his appreciation for the warm reception and underscored the flight’s symbolic importance in enhancing ties between the two nations. “The Saudi carrier represents a genuine connection between our countries. We have blood and Arab ties, and the landing of this plane is the first step in our future relations,” he said. Al-Shammari also hinted at future expansions, stating that the Dammam-Najaf route is just the beginning, with more direct flights anticipated.

Governor Kanawi expressed enthusiasm about the new air service, noting its significance goes beyond mere transportation, symbolizing a deepening of connection between the Saudi and Iraqi peoples. “This is not just a regular flight but a journey of connection and closeness,” Kanawi remarked, emphasizing the route’s potential to boost economic and tourism exchanges.

Abbas Al-Baydani, Director of Najaf International Airport, acknowledged the efforts that culminated in the launch of this service, confirming the route will feature three flights weekly. “The Dammam-Najaf route reflects the strengthening of ties between our countries and facilitates easier travel for visits and commercial relations,” Al-Baydani stated, assuring commitment to high standards of service, safety, and security.