Baghdad-Athens flight pact reached

Greek and Iraqi transport authorities signed a pact that could open the way for direct flights between Baghdad and the European Union, officials said Wednesday. The accord gives Iraqi Airways the option of opening a route between Baghdad and Athens, which would be the first European Union destination for flights from Iraq's capital, said separate statements from Greece's civil aviation authority and Iraq's transportation ministry. No date was announced to begin the flights. There are currently direct connections to the EU from the semiautonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.