Qatar Airways plans to launch scheduled flights to a further two destinations in the Republic of Iraq from this summer.

The addition of the port city of Basra in southern Iraq, and Sulaymaniyah in the northern part of the country, will take the number of destinations, served by the airline to Iraq, to five. Flights to Basra are due to begin on 3 June 2013 with Sulaymaniyah starting on 20 August 2013. Both destinations will be served four-times-a-week non-stop from the airline’s hub in Doha.

Qatar Airways began operations to Iraq last summer with flights to the capital Baghdad and Erbil, followed in January this year by new services to Najaf. The airline currently operates 12 flights a week across the three Iraqi cities. The new capacity will take frequency up to 20 weekly services across Iraq.

Fuelled by the reconstruction drive in the country and demand for more air services to Iraq, Qatar Airways is expanding its operations in Iraq – in line with its strategy to enter underserved markets.

The timings of the Doha – Basra and Sulaymaniyah flights will provide passengers with connections to key destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Both routes will be operated with an Airbus A320 featuring 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.

One of the world’s fastest growing airlines, Qatar Airways has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 122 aircraft to 125 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Over the next few weeks and months, Qatar Airways will launch scheduled flights to a diverse portfolio of new routes, including Chicago, USA (10 April); Salalah, Oman (22 May); Chengdu, China, at a date to be confirmed, and many more start-ups to be announced.

 Flight schedules:

The DOHA – BASRA (schedules: 4-times-a-week, effective June 3)

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays

QR448   Depart from Doha at 7:25 am                                          arrive at Basra at 9:05 am

QR449   Depart from Basra at 10:05 am                                        arrive at Doha at 11:45 am

The DOHA – SULAYMANIYAH (schedules: 4-times-a-week, effective August 20)

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

QR438   Depart from Doha at 1:35 pm                                           arrive at Sulaymaniyah at 4 pm

QR439   Depart from Sulaymaniyah at 5 pm                             arrive at Doha at 7:15 pm

For more information, visit Qatar Airways’ website!