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Baghdad Welcomes First Commercial Flight Since 1990

January 5, 2009 By: Kirk Cassels

Baghdad received its first commercial flight in over 17 years today as Swedish carrier Nordic Leisure transported 150 passengers from Denmark to the Baghdad International Airport. The majority of passengers were Iraqis. Commercial flights have not flown into Baghdad since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

Iraqi Transport Minister Amer Abduljabbar Ismail told AFP news agency that additional international arrivals, including one from Hong Kong, are expected this week. Meanwhile, Iraqi Airways, the country's national carrier, plans to begin routes to Europe in the next few months. The national carrier will receive help in arranging new flights as Air France-KLM has signed a preliminary accord with Iraq which will provide renovations for the airport.

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