Egyptair launches new routes from Cairo to Baghdad and Erbil in Iraq
Egyptair, which is increasing its presence in its Egyptian home market, this week returned to Iraq, the country market analysed this week. On 27 August, the Star Alliance airline began serving the Iraqi capital Baghdad (BGW) with four weekly flights, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Egyptair last operated this route over 20 years ago and competition now comes from Iraqi Airways’ also four weekly flights. Two days later, the airline launched three weekly flights to Erbil (EBL) in Iraqi Kurdistan in the north of the country, operating on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. 145-seat A320s are used on both routes. Egyptair’s chairman and CEO Captain Ayman Nasr commented: “Egyptair took the decision to operate this route in the light of the company’s regional expansion strategy and to restore the investments and tourism traffic between the two countries to the normal levels through Cairo hub.” The first flight from Cairo to Baghdad transported 34 passengers and the return flight carried 74 passengers.