The airline known as Iraqi Airways is looking to commence two new routes from the UK’s third largest airport – Manchester. The services will start in mid-March and will serve Erbil on a Wednesday evening and Sulaymaniyah on a Sunday evening. Both of these cities are situated in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
It is interesting to note that Iraqi Airways is one of the Middle East’s oldest carriers. They were actually founded some 70 years ago, back in 1945. Today they serve around 40 different worldwide destinations and boast a good range of modern aircraft with even more orders on the books to be delivered in 2017. The two routes from Manchester to Kurdistan will be operated by brand new Boeing-737-800 aircraft. These have a seating capacity of up to 162 passengers.
Whilst many people may be a little surprised about such routes opening up in Manchester and the North of England, it is worth remembering that there is a large Kurdish population in Northern England and parts of the Midlands and that the operators of Iraqi Airways are pretty certain these routes will prove to be popular among this community.
With return fares starting from around £383, this should hardly break the bank and certainly does represent good value for money if you consider the cost of flights to other cities within this region of the world.
As far as Manchester Airport is concerned, it really is great to see more and more routes opening up outside of London and this will only ever be a very good thing.
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