Qatar launches two Iraq services

Qatar Airways launched, from 23 May, its 2012 Middle East route expansion with Iraq being added to the airline’s growing network. The northern Iraqi city of Erbil and capital Baghdad will join the airline’s international portfolio of routes over a period of two weeks.


Qatar launches two Iraq services


Qatar Airways launched, from 23 May, its 2012 Middle East route expansion with Iraq being added to the airline’s growing network. The northern Iraqi city of Erbil and capital Baghdad will join the airline’s international portfolio of routes over a period of two weeks. Also from 23 May, scheduled flights will begin to Erbil, followed on 7 June by operations to Baghdad. Both routes will be operated four-times-a-week non-stop from Qatar Airways’ Doha hub. The addition of Iraq marks yet another move by the Doha-based airline to venture into high demand, underserved markets. With the launch of two routes in Iraq in the space of just two weeks, Qatar Airways will take its new start-ups in 2012 to six destinations, with a further seven routes planned by the end of the year. Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said Iraq had long been under the microscope by the company’s planning team, essentially due to lack of international air services in a country that had limited capacity for many years due to political instability. “Now we believe is the right time to enter Iraq due to demand and infrastructure changes in a country that warrants more business and greater air access,” he said. Over the next few months, Qatar Airways launches flights to a diverse portfolio of new routes – Perth, Australia (July 3); Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (July 25); Mombasa, Kenya (August 15); and Yangon, Myanmar (October 3).