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03ABUDHABI2607 2003-06-02 11:18:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Abu Dhabi
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GULF AIR LOBBIES EMBASSY ABU DHABI TO RESUME

Tags:   PREL EAIR PGOV ECON IZ TC 
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CONFIDENTIAL

SIPDIS
TELEGRAM                                            June 02, 2003


To:       No Action Addressee                                    

Action:   Unknown                                                

From:     AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI (ABU DHABI 2607 - ROUTINE)         

TAGS:     PREL, EAIR, PGOV, ECON                                 

Captions: None                                                   

Subject:  GULF AIR LOBBIES EMBASSY ABU DHABI TO RESUME COMMERCIAL
           FLIGHTS TO BAGHDAD                                    

Ref:      None                                                   
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C O N F I D E N T I A L        ABU DHABI 02607

SIPDIS
CXABU:
    ACTION: ECON 
    INFO:   POL AMB DCM P/M 
Laser1:
    INFO:   FCS 

DISSEMINATION: ECON
CHARGE: PROG

APPROVED: AMB: MWAHBA
DRAFTED: ECON:CMCRUMPLER
CLEARED: A/DCM: TWILLIAMS CGD: ROLSON

VZCZCADI260
RR RUEHC RUEHZM RUEKJCS RUCPDOC RUEANHA RULSDMK
RUEHDE RHMFISS
DE RUEHAD #2607 1531118
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 021118Z JUN 03
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0198
INFO RUEHZM/GCC COLLECTIVE
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUCPDOC/USDOC WASHDC
RUEANHA/FAA NATIONAL HQ WASHINGTON DC
RULSDMK/DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHDC
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 3168
RHMFISS/HQS COALITION PROVISIONAL AUTHORITY BAGHDAD
					  C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 002607 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA - P. DIBBLE, NEA/NGA, NEA/ARP AND EB A/S
WAYNE
SECDEF/OSD FOR U/S ZAKHEIM, DAS LUTI
USDOC FOR 4250/DOC/MAC/ONE/CLOUSTAUNAU
AMEMBASSY KUWAIT FOR ORHA

E.O. 12958: DECL 06/02/08
TAGS: PREL EAIR PGOV ECON IZ TC
SUBJECT: GULF AIR LOBBIES EMBASSY ABU DHABI TO RESUME
COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS TO BAGHDAD

REF: MANAMA 1545



1. (U) Classified by Ambassador Marcelle M. Wahba for
reasons 1.5 (b) and (d).



2. (C) Summary: On the heels of a 5/27 meeting between
Ambassador Neumann and Gulf Air CEO Jim Hogan (reftel), a
representative from the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil
Aviation (ADDCA) visited Acting DCM 5/31 to petition for
Gulf Air to be allowed to commence daily commercial flights
to Baghdad as soon as possible. Mohamed Rashed Al-
Mohanadi, who works for ADDCA Chairman Shaykh Hamdan bin
Mubarak Al-Nahyan and also serves on Gulf Air's Executive
Board, noted that the UAEG signed an agreement with the
Government of Iraq in February 1990 for six flights per
week from the UAE to Baghdad (three flights each for Abu
Dhabi's Gulf Air and Dubai's Emirates Air, and a reciprocal
six flights weekly for Iraq's national carrier) but had not
been able to fully exploit that agreement due to sanctions
imposed on commercial air traffic to Iraq soon thereafter.
Gulf Air, and the UAEG more broadly, is seeking to
reinstate and expand that earlier agreement for daily
roundtrip flights from the UAE to Baghdad in the short-
term, and eventual establishment of a UAE-Baghdad-New York
route in the long-term. End summary.



3. (C) Al-Mohanadi conveyed to Acting DCM the ADDCA's
desire to engage with the relevant authorities in Iraq
about obtaining landing rights for Gulf Air at Baghdad
International Airport (BIAP). ADDCA will concurrently
approach the UAE federal inter-ministerial committee on
Iraq's economic recovery, which has undertaken to lobby on
behalf of UAE companies. (Note: During a 5/31 meeting,
Emirates Airline CEO Shaykh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum made
similar comments to Consul General Dubai. Emirates is
interested both in flying into Baghdad, and also in
obtaining overflight rights for Iraq. Shaykh Ahmed also
observed that allowing overflights would provide a useful
revenue stream for the Iraqi Government. End note.)



4. (C) Al-Mohanadi welcomed Acting DCM's suggestion to
contact the IATA Middle East representative, whom we
understand will represent commercial carriers in
discussions concerning overflight and landing rights
issues. The Emirati official recognized that safety and
security issues could delay the opening of BIAP for several
weeks, but was eager now to engage IATA on overflight
clearances -- which would cut 45 minutes or more from
flights to Europe from the UAE. Al-Mohanadi confirmed that
Gulf Air CEO Jim Hogan is in Washington for the June 2-4
IATA meetings, and expected he would be discussing Gulf
Air's interest in Baghdad flights with relevant USG
officials.



5. (C) Comment: With more than 50 years of experience in
the region, Gulf Air is eager to expand its service to
include Iraq as soon as possible. Al-Mohanadi queried
Acting DCM about persistent rumors here that Kuwait Air
will be the first commercial airline allowed to service
BIAP -- such a move would not sit well with Gulf Air
corporate execs or (more importantly) our senior UAEG
interlocutors. Abu Dhabi and Dubai view the opening of
Iraq's airports as not only a commercial opportunity, but
also as an important political symbol. The UAE wants to be
first, or among the first, commercial carriers from the
region to establish a regular (preferably daily) schedule
to Baghdad, and consequently will have a dim view of any
move to grant other regional carriers priority. End
comment.



6. (U) This cable has been coordinated with Amconsul
Dubai.

Wahba