On Wednesday, Qatar Airways extended its Middle
East footprint to Iraq with the launch of scheduled flights to the
northern city of Erbil.
The Doha-based airline is operating four
a week on the route – the first of two new Iraqi services
being launched within two weeks. Effective 7 June, Qatar Airways
will start flights to the capital Baghdad, also operating four
times a week.
Both the Erbil and Baghdad services are
being operated with an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration of
12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
Erbil takes Qatar Airways’ global network
to 115 destinations worldwide.
Located 350km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Erbil is the
country’s third largest city and fastest growing with a population
of over one million people.
Sitting on fertile agricultural
land, Erbil and its surrounding area are rich in natural
resources. The region is known for its significant gas reserves,
including oil, gold and other deposits. There are multi-billion
dollar infrastructure projects well underway covering healthcare,
housing, energy, agriculture and technology to help with
restructuring efforts to pre-war levels.
Iraq Tourism Interview
with Fadhil Al-Saaegh @ WTM 2011 - HD