Iraqi jet makes first Turkey landing in 14 years
ISTANBUL — An Iraqi Airways plane landed in Turkey yesterday on its first flight to this country since sanctions were imposed in 1991 following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, an airport official said.
The Boeing 737, one of two planes owned by the Iraqi flag carrier, landed at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport at 1048GMT, the official, who requested anonymity, told AFP.
The plane was carrying Iraqi officials, the Anatolia news agency reported.
Iraqi Airways is planning to operate two commercial flights a week between Baghdad and Istanbul.
The airline resumed international flights in September 2004 with a Baghdad-Amman service after being grounded for 14 years.
It currently flies to Amman in Jordan, Damascus in Syria as well as the Iraqi cities of Arbil and Basra.