Along with the crew from the first Iraqi Airways flight from Erbil on the apron at Berlin Tegel are: Azita Baseem, Station Manager, Iraqi Airways, (fifth from left); Karim Andesha (Station Manager Iraqi Airways, (sixth from left), Andreas Ley, Senior Consultant Airline Marketing, Berlin Brandenburg Airport (seventh from left).
- Iraqi Airways began its third destination into London Gatwick (LGW) on 12 July, with the start of weekly (Saturdays) flights from Erbil (EBL). Like the carrier’s existing operations into the world’s 37th biggest airport, from Baghdad and Sulaymaniyah, the inbound flights operate via Vienna, whereas the outbound flights are direct. These three routes are currently the only routes from Iraq which operate into the UK. On the previous day, the airline started weekly flights (Fridays) again from Erbil, but this time to Berlin Tegel (TXL). Its joins the airline’s existing Erbil flights to Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, Baghdad to Frankfurt and Sulaymaniyah to Düsseldorf. Both new services face no direct competition, and are flown by the airline’s 169-seat 737-800s.