German carrier Lufthansa has announced the possibility of launching flights to Iraq by the middle of this year. The new services will link Iraq's capital, Baghdad and the city of Erbil with Frankfurt and Munich.
Lufthansa aims to launch the new services in the summer of 2010, once it has obtained necessary traffic rights. Further infrastructure requirements are also being examined.
With the resumption of flights to Iraq, Lufthansa is pursuing the policy of expanding its route network in the Middle East, which it presently serves with 89 flights per week to 13 destinations in 10 countries.
Lufthansa operated flights to Baghdad from 1956 until the start of the Gulf War in 1990. Erbil is already served from Vienna by Austrian Airlines, which is part of the Lufthansa Group.
From next summer, Baghdad and Erbil will be linked to Lufthansa's hubs at Frankfurt and Munich and will be integrated into Lufthansa's global route network.
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