This week sees the first Emirates flight to Basra, one of a number of airlines restarting flights to the key cities across Iraq.
Despite the ongoing security risks, the airlines say demand is growing and it is a lucrative market to be in.
But it is not just growing passenger numbers that will bring in the cash.
Cargo is a booming market too and as the country’s economy begins to grow again, it needs to import more and more from overseas.
Ben Thompson reports.