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Etihad Airways launches Flights to Erbil, Iraq

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Etihad Airways has launched non-stop flights from its home base in Abu Dhabi to Erbil in northern Iraq. Etihad operates two return services per week on the route with two-class Airbus A320 aircraft.

The commencement of Etihad's services to Erbil follows the successful launch of the airline's flights to Baghdad in April this year, which quickly grew from three services per week to a daily service.

Etihad is delighted to be the first UAE carrier to operate both Baghdad and Erbil. The response to our services to Iraq has been overwhelmingly positive and we are expecting a high volume of traffic on this new route, said James Hogan, Etihad Airways' Chief Executive Officer. Iraq is a key market for Etihad and will be an important focus for the airline in 2010. We believe the new route will attract leisure travellers from Iraq who are looking for short breaks within the Gulf region, as well as business customers, friends and relatives travelling between the UAE and Erbil.

Etihads flight EY557 to Erbil will depart Abu Dhabi on Tuesdays and Sundays at 08:35 and arrives at Erbils international airport at 10:25 the same day. The return flight, EY558, will depart Erbil on the same days at 11:30, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 15:10.

Etihad also recently launched cargo operations to Erbil.

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