DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (AP) – Emirates says it will begin flights to Baghdad in July as the latest carrier to add routes to Iraq as the nation struggles to recover from war.
Emirates says Baghdad will be among six new routes by the Dubai-based airline this year.
Tuesday’s statement by Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum says the decision to add Baghdad flights was made because of signs that Iraq is stabilizing more than seven years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
The flights also are a possible sign of increased Arab investment in Iraq’s oil and commercial sectors.
Earlier this month, FlyDubai and Qatar Airways said they are considering adding routes to Iraq. In April, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways began Baghdad service.