6 DECEMBER 2010
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Dubai carrier Emirates says it will launch flights to the Iraqi city of Basra starting 2 February to tap growing demand for the destination.
Basra will be Emirates' first Iraq route after the airline postponed the launch of flights to Baghdad earlier this year citing "operational reasons". Services will initially operate four times per week using a three-class Airbus A330.
"The city's recent growth has paved the way for numerous multi-national companies and industries to invest in infrastructure and we have seen strong potential from a number of our markets," Chairman and Chief Executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said in a statement.
"Since the 2009 oilfield bid, traffic from the US and Europe into Basra has increased significantly and we are ready to capitalise on this growth," he added. www.emirates.com
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