Emirates to Launch Passenger Flights to Baghdad

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Emirates is to launch passenger flights to Baghdad from 13 November 2011.

Operating four times per week Baghdad will be Emirates fifth international destination to launch in 2011 with Basra and Geneva already operational, and Copenhagen and St Petersburg to follow on 1 August and 1 November 2011 respectively.

Baghdad is a strategically important destination for Emirates, said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group. Its geographical location, coupled with the fact that few international carriers operate there, makes it the perfect destination for us to tap into and drive revenue from. With more than five million residents in Baghdad, and its surrounding districts, this new service will provide them with direct access to our vast global network ... Our launch into Basra, Iraq in February this year has been a resounding success with flights operating in both directions at capacity. In the four months since we began operations to Iraq thousands of passengers have flown with Emirates between Basra and Dubai seeing the route perform well above expectations.

EK941 will depart Dubai at 07:55 touching down at Baghdad International Airport at 09:40 the same day.

At 11:35, return flight EK942 will depart Baghdad arriving in Dubai at 14:55 the same day.

The service will operate on a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an Airbus A330 in a three class configuration.

Emirates expects the passenger mix travelling in and out of Iraq to come from a variety of sources, with a significant skew towards industry and Government personnel. The construction, telecommunications and oil sectors are expected to make up three of the largest industry segments. Iraqi nationals, both in Baghdad and residing outside of Iraq are also expected to be strong users of this new service.

Emirates currently operates a four weekly service to Basra in Iraq and has offices located in both Basra and Baghdad.

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