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Situated near Erbil, the 16th century Khanzad Castle is a popular tourist attraction Situated near Erbil, the 16th century Khanzad Castle is a popular tourist attraction

Qatar Resumes Suspended Iraq Operations

Qatar Airways has resumed service to the Iraqi destinations of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

The airline noted it had suspended both routes in November 2017, per an Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority directive to all international carriers.

Qatar said it now operates seven weekly flights to each destination and, from an anticipated date of May 01, plans to boost its service to Erbil with double daily flights.

In total, the Qatari national carrier currently serves five Iraqi destinations, having first began flights to Erbil in 2012, followed by Baghdad, Najaf, Basra and Sulaymaniyah.

Akbar Al Baker, group CEO, Qatar Airways, commented, “Erbil and Sulaymaniyah have always been two important destinations in the Republic of Iraq, in addition to Baghdad, the capital city, as well as Najaf and Basra. With an abundance of history to unearth at each location, we are pleased to be relaunching our award-winning service to both of these destinations, offering our passengers yet again a multitude of choice within the Republic of Iraq.”

The airline operates an Airbus A320 aircraft to both Erbil and Sulaymaniyah routes, featuring 12 business class and 132 economy class seats.