Qatar Airways will launch scheduled
flights to a further two destinations in the Republic of Iraq
The addition of the port city of Basra in southern
Iraq, and Sulaymaniyah in the northern part of the country, will
take to five the number of destinations served by the airline
across the Republic.
Flights to Basra are due to begin on 3 June 2013 with
Sulaymaniyah starting on 20 August 2013. Both destinations will be
served four times-a-week non-stop from the airline’s hub in Doha,
capital of the State of Qatar.
Qatar Airways began
operations to Iraq last summer with
flights to the capital Baghdad
Erbil, followed in January this year by new
services to Najaf.
The airline currently operates 12 flights a week across the three
Iraqi cities. The new capacity will take frequency up to 20 weekly
services across Iraq.
Fuelled by the reconstruction drive
in the country and demand for more air services to Iraq, Qatar
Airways is expanding its operations in Iraq in line with its
strategy to enter underserved markets.
“With flights starting to the cities of Basra and Sulaymaniyah this
summer, Qatar Airways is offering new travel options to the people
of Iraq and for those involved in the reconstruction efforts of
the country,” said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer,
Akbar Al Baker. “After years of restricted air access for
foreign airlines in many parts of Iraq, Qatar Airways has been
working with the authorities to open up services and are delighted
to have expanded our operations there in such a short space of
time, doing our bit in the country’s rebuilding efforts.”
Both Doha – Basra and Sulaymaniyah
flights will be operated with an Airbus A320
featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in
Business Class and 132 in Economy.
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