Dubai’s government-owned airline Emirates will start flying to Baghdad on 1 July.

Emirates will initially fly to Baghdad three times a week. Baghdad is one of six new routes that the carrier will open this year.

The airline has already started new routes to Amsterdam on 1 May and Tokyo on 28 March. The carrier is also scheduled to start new routes to Prague from 1 July, Madrid from 1 August and Dakar from 1 September.

Emirates is also delaying its relocation by up to 10 years to the new Jebel Ali airport that is scheduled to open for cargo operations in June.

The airline now plans to move to the new airport between 2022 and 2030. Initially, Emirates was scheduled to move there between 2018 and 2020.

Passenger operations at Jebel Ali are likely to start in March 2011 (MEED 27:4:10).