Sunday, May 06, 2007

Report: Flights resume at Basra airport

Left: Basra Airport. Used also as one of two remaining British bases in Iraq, the airport at Basra -- with a 13,000 foot German-built runway -- has seen increasing traffic since commercial flights from Baghdad were resumed in 2005. Curently dozens of commercial flights land daily.

Basra, May 6, (VOI) – Flights were resumed at the Basra International Airport on Sunday after the airport was closed to all flights on Saturday, a British military spokeswoman said.

"The flights were stopped yesterday because the airport was damaged as a result of shelling attacks during the early hours of Saturday," a spokeswoman for the Multi-National Force in southern Iraq told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).

A statement by the MNF in southern Iraq read that the airport would be closed indefinitely to all flights as of Saturday, due to shooting attacks that caused damage.

The Basra International Airport lies 25 km northwest of the city.

Read the rest at VOI

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