Royal Jordanian to resume flights to Baghdad
The national Royal Jordanian airline has announced it plans to resume flights to Baghdad which had been suspended due to an insurance problem following the September 11 airborne terror attacks against the United States. RJ will file an official request with the UN sanctions committee for a first Amman-Baghdad-Amman on December 14, the airline said.
On September 23, RJ scrapped a charter flight to Baghdad after international insurance companies refused to cover it because of the fallout of the attacks on Washington and New York. It has asked for the UN committee supervising the application of the sanctions slapped on Iraq following its 1990 invasion of Kuwait to give it the green light for four "regular charter" flights a week to Baghdad.
Shortly before the September 11 attacks, RJ chairman Samer Majali, whose company has greatly suffered from the regional impact of the 14-month-old Palestinian intifada, announced he intended to establish a daily air link between Amman and Baghdad. — (AFP, Amman)
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