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Qatar Airways to Launch Flights to Basra and Sulaymaniyah in Iraq

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Qatar Airways will launch scheduled flights to a further two destinations in the Republic of Iraq this summer.

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 and 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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