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Kurdistan-Sweden Flights resumed


10 Dec 2007
Swedish civil aviation authorities agreed to resume direct flights between Sweden and Iraq's Kurdistan region after a four-month-halt, Arbil airport director said on Sunday. "The Swedish civil aviation authorities agreed on Friday to resume direct flight between Sweden and Kurdistan region after they were stopped in August," Tareq Hawrami said. In August, Sweden decided to suspend all commercial flights in and out of Kurdistan region amid allegations that an attempt was made to shoot down a Nordis Airways passenger jet. On August 8, a Nordic Airways McDonnell Douglas MD-83 took off on a flight between Sulaimaniya, northern Iraq, to Stockholm, Sweden, carrying 130 passengers. Shortly after take-off, the pilots allegedly noticed a trail of light arcing over the aircraft as if it were some kind of a rocket. Later, the director of Sulaimaniya airport said "the pilot's assumptions were wrong...in fact, the Kurdish hunters are using spotlights at night." Al-Hawrami added "the flights will start next week with two flights a day."
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