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Discussion in 'Emirates | Skywards' started by uggboy, Jul 28, 2014.
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Emirates to stop flying over Iraq
FWIW, I just went to the Emirates Airlines website, and was able to find flights to Baghdad and Erbil. I suspect that flights will at least continue to Erbil (Kurdistan, Iraq), that is likely a profitable route, and not as affected by the problems there, especially if overflights can be done elsewhere.
That's interesting, thanks for the update on your Emirates website visit, I presume that the "no overfly rule" comes in for flights which usually use / or used Iraqi airspace, I find it a timely move by Emirates and should be emulate by other airlines from around the world, better safe than sorry. Yes, I equally belief that flights to this particular cities in Iraq are very valuable for Emirates and that they aren't affected by the moves Emirates plans regarding in using Iraqi airspace in the future.
Emirates has a programme called Arabian Air Pass where you can book tickets to Mideast destinations from Dubai (on a layover) must be holding an international ticket and not be based in the UAE
There are 3 zones that are concentric circles, random distances from Dubai.
I believe Doha and Qatar are in Zone A, it is USD 60 per leg (Economy)
Zone B includes Bahrain, Dammam, Kuwait, Riyadh, Sana'a at USD 90 per leg
Zone C includes Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Tehran at USD 120 per leg
These are great fares if the destinations are useful to you or your business
Erbil or Baghdad could easily be in one of these zones, they are both nearer than Cairo but the Iraq routes are true "money spinners" for EK
on another note the attached photo was from an Emirates flight in June 2014, the mountains were still snow-capped near Shiraz Iran