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McClatchy: A new escape from Iraq - if you're a Westerner
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A new escape from Iraq - if you're a Westerner
By Mike Drummond | McClatchy Newspapers

BAGHDAD A new no-frills airline that begins weekly flights between Baghdad and Amman, Jordan, in August will only accept certain passengers - U.S. and Western citizens.

Iraqis, Indians, Pakistanis and other non-Westerners need not apply.

Expat Airways, looking to capitalize on the thousands of contract workers in Iraq, is believed to be the worlds only commercial airline to blacklist such a large swath of nationalities.

Company officials say they believe the carriers 8 a.m. flights out of Baghdad beginning Aug. 7 will help speed U.S. and Western contractors through Baghdad International Airport where daylong delays, overbooking and no-show planes are common.

Royal Jordanian Airlines and Iraqi Airways are the only two scheduled commercial carriers flying between Baghdad to Amman, a gateway to Europe and the United States.

More than 180,000 contract workers are on the U.S. tax-funded payroll in Iraq, ferrying supplies, controlling checkpoints and other duties. Some 21,000 of them are Americans. About 118,000 are Iraqis. The rest are from Pakistan, Peru and other foreign countries. U.S. combat forces number about 150,000.

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