By Andy Sambidge
Gulf carrier announces plan to launch two more destinations in June and August
Qatar Airways on Wednesday announced plans to launch scheduled flights to a two more destinations in Iraq from 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 country.
Flights to Basra are due to begin on June 3 with Sulaymaniyah starting on August 20 and both destinations will be served four-times-a-week non-stop from the airline’s hub in Doha, the airline said in a statement.
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.
Airline chiefs said the move was fuelled by the reconstruction drive in the country and demand for more air services to Iraq.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “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.”