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Northwest files application to fly to Iraq

Associated Press

EAGAN, Minn. -- Northwest Airlines has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to begin flying from Detroit to Iraq, with a stop in Amsterdam.

Northwest spokesman Bill Mellon said Thursday that, if approved, the frequency of the flights would depend on demand. Northwest would serve the route with DC-10 aircraft, he said.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Northwest's alliance partner, also has applied for permission to fly into Baghdad, Mellon said. If both carriers are granted permission, he said Northwest and KLM would discuss how to best serve the market.

Northwest anticipates there will be public interest in flights to Baghdad now that the fighting has, for the most part, ended, he said.

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U.S. carriers are prohibited from providing commercial air service to Iraq. Northwest said it was filing its application thinking that restrictions will be lifted "once the country is sufficiently stabilized."

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