Austrian re-launches Baghdad after 21 years

Vienna-Baghdad service flies three times a week on A320

Austrian Airlines has just re-launched its Vienna-Baghdad service after a gap of 21 years. Its earlier spell on the route lasted from 1982 to 1990. This time the carrier is using an A320 and flying three times a week. This is in addition to a route between VIE and Erbil in Iraq, which has been raised to six times a week in summer. Turkish Airlines is the only other Star Alliance carrier to fly to the Iraqi capital, which it began from Istanbul in 2008. Lufthansa, which earlier planned a launch to Baghdad, has cancelled the route for now citing poor demand.
[picture courtesy Austrian Airlines]