Mosul Airport reopens after 14 years

04 December 2007
Mosul airport in northern Iraq has reopened for its first commercial flight in 14 years.

An Iraqi Airways flight carrying 152 Hajj pilgrims took off from airport for Baghdad, before connecting to a flight to Saudi Arabia.

The city was declared a no-fly zone by the US military in 1993 in the wake of the first Gulf War in 1991.

The airport has been substantially rebuilt in a co-operative effort between the US State Department and Baghdad government. The US says the site has been reopened with the intention of restarting flights to Saudi Arabia.

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