Qatar Airways to Fly to Erbil as Long as It Is ‘Safe’: CEO

Published September 28th, 2017 - 10:44 GMT
Qatar Airways CEO said the carrier will continue to fly to Erbil as long as its airspace remains open. (AFP/ File)
Qatar Airways CEO said the carrier will continue to fly to Erbil as long as its airspace remains open. (AFP/ File)

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar al-Baker said that the carrier will continue to fly to Erbil in Kurdistan in the northern Iraq as long as its airspace remains open and there are no security issues, QNA reports.

Al-Baker’s statement came on the sideline of his participation at the events of the official celebration of the World Tourism Day, which held in Doha under the slogan ‘Sustainable Tourism — A Tool for Development’.

Al-Baker emphasised the role of the aviation sector in supporting and promoting tourism in all countries, pointing out that Qatar Airways is working on a clear strategy to promote tourism and travel, focusing on the direction of new and emerging markets.

The Qatar Airways CEO explained that over the past 20 years, the carrier has been able to enhance tourism in various destinations around the world and is now well placed to support Qatar as a desirable tourist destination.

He pointed out that Qatar is accelerating the development of the tourism sector in the country since it received the honour to host the FIFA World Cup 2022, and Qatar Airways was able to contribute to finding a prominent place for Qatar on the world map of tourism.

He said Qatar Airways is continuing to expand and develop according to Qatar National Vision 2030, and that the company’s achievements will continue around the world to make Doha a destination for tourists around the world.

The Qatar Airways chief executive pointed out that the recent measures related to facilitating access to the country, launched by Qatar Airways with its partners Qatar Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Interior, are in the interest of developing the country’s tourism development and enhancing its status as a tourist destination for 35mn passengers through Hamad International Airport, the headquarters of Qatar Airways operations.


© Gulf Times Newspaper 2019

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