Flights to Baghdad resume

Royal Jordanian has resumed charter flights to Iraq including both passenger and cargo traffic.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  January 13, 2004

Royal Jordanian has resumed charter flights to Iraq including both passenger and cargo traffic. The carrier suspended services in November after a DHL aircraft leaving Baghdad Airport was hit by a missile. "Royal Jordanian has started operating chartered flights to Baghdad to facilitate the travel of humanitarian organizations and cater for certain business traffic," Royal Jordanian Airlines, vice president, Ghassan Ali told Reuters. RJ was the only carrier running regular UN-sanctioned flights to Baghdad before the war in Iraq, and it quickly resumed services after the war through its subsidiary Royal Wings. These reached a daily frequency, but they were suspended after the DHL incident in November. However, the carrier has now returned to Baghdad, with three flights last week. Two were on Friday for contractors and another for a humanitarian group on Sunday. "We receive a lot of requests but we are not sure of demand right now," Ali said. "We expect a lot of demand once it is known that we are willing to run this service."

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