Air India is looking to start a flight service to Iraqi city of Najaf from Lucknow in UP via New Delhi, starting early next year. Najaf is considered sacred by Shia Muslims. Notably, Lucknow has a sizable Shia population.
The airline is discussing modalities of the proposed flight and a final decision is expected to be taken on Monday, an airline source said. "Air India plans to start services to Najaf from Lucknow, connecting New Delhi.
But there are several issues which need to be sorted out before announcing the new flight. A meeting has been called on Monday to discuss all the issues around the flight. A final decision about the launch will be taken at this meeting," the source said.