UAE-based Starlight Airlines, the largest cargo operator to and out of Iraq, has entered into an agreement with Emirates SkyCargo to launch cargo operations between its Sharjah hub and Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
Under the agreement, the service operates a Boeing 777 freighter to Erbil, twice a week initially, possibly increasing to three times a week in the near future. Flights commenced operation on February 8, according to reports from Khaleej Times.
Giovanni Marseal, President and CEO of Starlight Airlines, said:
"We are very pleased to join hands with Emirates SkyCargo to operate cargo flights to Erbil and we expect to increase it to three flights a week in the near future. We see a huge demand in this sector to carry a variety of goods to Erbil, including perishables, food, auto parts, textiles, agricultural products, electronics and medical items, among others. We also look forward to continuing our contribution to developing commercial ties between the UAE and Iraq."
(Source: Khaleej Times)