Etihad Airways Monday announced its intentions to fly scheduled commercial services into Baghdad, Iraq, becoming the first United Arab Emirate to fly into the destination.
When services start, subject to government approval, Etihad Airways will become only the 14th passenger airline to serve the Baghdad International Airport. And follows on from its cargo operations which were launched late in 2009.
From its Abu Dhabi hub, Etihad Airways plans to operate five weekly services in a two class Airbus A320, with initial services to be launched on the 26th of April.
"We expect to see strong demand on these routes, particularly from government and business travellers, as well as people from Iraq visiting family and friends around the world," said James Hogan, Etihad Airways CEO.
"We are grateful to the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority for their support, which has enabled us to move forward with these important new services."In addition to the capital Baghdad, Etihad is also planning to launch services to Erbil in June if all goes well.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X