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Iraq: Airbridge

Volume 690: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress they have made in providing a reliable airbridge to and from Iraq to prevent the disruption of leave for service personnel; and [HL2323]

How the serviceability of Royal Air Force air transport aircraft has impacted on the airbridge to and from Iraq . [HL2325]

The Iraq airbridge is conducted by a combination of civilian charter and RAF air transport aircraft, with the RAF aircraft completing the final sector into Iraq. There has been disruption to both the charter and military sectors of the Iraq airbridge. Senior stakeholders drawn from MoD Headquarters, Permanent Joint Headquarters, Defence Supply Chain Operations and Movements and the front-line commands are actively engaged in making improvements to the airbridge.