Qatar Airways’ Doha to Erbil
Cutting the cake for Qatar Airways’ arrival in Erbil in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region were the airline’s SVP GCC, Levant, Iraq, Iran and Indian subcontinent Fathi Al Shehab and airport director Talar Faiq. Posing in front of the aircraft were Oomen Kuruvilla; Qatar Airways' regional marketing manager; Salar Dosky, assistant to Erbil International Airport's (EIA) Airport Director; Alan Bahaulddin, Sales Manager Shabaq; Mr Sadar, CEO Shabaq; Faiq; Al Shebab; Emad Ismail, Adviser Aviation, EIA; Ahmad Mahmoud, Commercial Manager, Qatar Airways; Adnan Albanna, regional marketing manager, Qatar Airways; and Updesh Kupur, Head of Corporate Communications, Qatar Airways.
- Qatar Airways further expanded its network in the Middle East as the airline launched its first flight to Iraq on 23 May. From its Doha (DOH) hub, Qatar Airways now serves Erbil (EBL) in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region. Flights operate four times weekly with 144-seat A320 aircraft. This is the third route between the Gulf and Erbil after flydubai’s Dubai operations and Etihad’s flights from Abu Dhabi. In the beginning of June, Qatar Airways will further increase its Iraqi network by launching flights to the capital Baghdad. In the first four months of 2012, Erbil International Airport has seen a 52% increase in passenger numbers compared with the same period in 2011.