Qatar Airways adds two new routes to Iraq

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Qatar Airways is expanding its footprint in Iraq by launching two new services to Basra and Sulaymaniyah.

The Doha-based carrier will start flying to the southern port city of Basra on 3 June. Flights to the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah will launch on 20 August.

Both routes will be operated four times weekly with a 144-seat Airbus A320 configured in a two-cabin layout.

With the new additions, Qatar's flag carrier will operate a total of 20 weekly flights to Iraq. It already serves Baghdad, Erbil and Najaf.

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said his carrier is "doing our bit in the country's rebuilding efforts" following years of conflict.