Emirates Delays Baghdad Flight Launch

(Source: Emirates Business)

Emirates has postponed the launch of its Baghdad route until later in the year citing operational reasons, according to an airline spokesperson. The airline was scheduled to launch a thrice-weekly service to the Iraqi capital from 1st July, 2010.

“Due to operational reasons, Emirates has temporarily postponed the July 1 Baghdad route launch until later in the year,” an Emirates spokesperson told Emirates Business. “Emirates will liaise with the affected passengers to ensure alternative travel arrangements are made well in advance and looks forward to announcing confirmed operations to Baghdad in the near future.”

Baghdad was to be Emirates’ 103rd international destination and the last remaining Middle Eastern one to be frequented by the Dubai carrier.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO of Emirates airline and Group, said in a May 2010 statement: “Iraq is well on the road to recovery and we are confident that the time is right to commence our operations there. There is a high proportion of traffic heading both in and out of Iraq and we are in the right position to capitalise on this demand.”

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