Emirates postpones Baghdad launch

21 Jun 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The launch of Emirates’ flights between Dubai and Baghdad on July 1 has been “temporarily postponed”, the carrier has confirmed.

Emirates had been due to launch a three-times weekly route between the cities at the start of July (see online news May 10), but the service has now been delayed. Said a spokesperson for the carrier:

“Due to operational reasons, Emirates has temporarily postponed the July 1 Baghdad route launch until later in the year.

“Emirates will liaise with 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.”

Several carrier have announced routes to Iraq in recent months, including Lufthansa (see online news May 28), Etihad (see online news April 19), Viking Hellas (see online news February 19), and Gulf Air (see online news September 2, 2009).

However the Iraqi Airways route between London and Baghdad, which relaunched in April, has ceased as the airline has been dissolved by Iraq’s government (see online news May 26).

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Report by Mark Caswell

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