AMMAN, Jordan — Iraqi Airways resumed international flights Saturday for the first time in 14 years, with a plane taking off from neighboring Jordan for Baghdad and another leaving the Iraqi capital for Damascus, Syria.
The Iraqi Airways flight from Amman to Baghdad was the state airline's first international flight since sanctions were imposed on Saddam Hussein's regime in 1990.
"This is the start of regular flights by Iraqi Airways," said airline spokesman Raad Aghabi.
Iraqi Airways will fly once daily to Amman and Damascus; a flight to the United Arab Emirates will be added later, Aghabi said.
Round-trip airfare from Amman to Baghdad is $750, he said.
Insurgents have targeted some commercial and military flights over Baghdad, firing rockets at aircraft flying to and from the airport, which also is used by the U.S. military.