Qatar Airways is preparing for a “2012 Middle East route expansion” this week, with Iraq being added to the airline’s growing network. The northern Iraqi city of Erbil and the capital Baghdad will join the carrier's portfolio of routes over a period of two weeks. Starting May 23, flights will begin to Erbil, followed on June 7 by operations to Baghdad. Both routes will be operated four times a week non-stop from Qatar Airways’ Doha hub. The routes will take the airline's start-ups in 2012 to six destinations, with a further seven planned by the end of the year.
Over the next few months, Qatar Airways also launches flights to Perth, Australia (July 3); Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (July 25); Mombasa, Kenya (August 15); and Yangon, Myanmar (October 3).
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