In an initiative to support developing Iraqi business segments, Emirates has announced a 75% additional capacity increase between Dubai and Baghdad, growing its services to seven flights per week from 2 February.
“Since launching flights to the Iraqi capital three months ago our operations have gone from strength to strength, on both the passenger and cargo side.
There is a significant demand for travel in and out of Baghdad and this new daily service offers a significant boost to this strategically important route for Emirates,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Gulf, Middle East and Iran.
Emirates’ additional flights are a key element in supporting Iraq’s rebuilding efforts. In particular the UAE has a significant interest in promoting trade and investment with Iraq, as highlighted by the latest trade figures released by the Iraqi Embassy. According to the Iraqi Embassy, the volume of investments of UAE companies in Iraq reached US $3 billion by the end of 2010 and is expected to rise to US $6 billion in the coming years. “We thank the Government of Iraq for their trust and will work hand in hand with the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority to continue supporting the country’s booming business sectors’,” Khoory added. Emirates SkyCargo will continue to play a critical role in transporting important commodities into Iraq including, foodstuffs, medical products, spare parts and telecommunication equipment.
In addition to Baghdad’s flight, Emirates currently operates a four weekly service to Basra in Iraq and has offices located in both Basra and Baghdad.
Emirates’ first flight to Baghdad landed on 13 November 2011.