SULAYMANIYAH,  Iraq – Qatar Airways today launched flights to its fifth destination in Iraq, Sulaymaniyah, increasing the airline’s frequency to Iraq from 16 to 20 flights weekly.

The Doha – Sulaymaniyah route is being operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft with 144 seats in a two-class configuration of 12 seats in business class and 132 seats in economy.

The launch adds to the entry by Qatar Airways in Iraq since the middle of 2012 when it started flights to Erbil, followed by the capital Baghdad, Najaf and Basra.

Sulaymaniyah also marks the carrier’s fifth Middle Eastern destination launched this year after Basra, Najaf, Gassim in Saudi Arabia and Salalah in Oman.

Qatar Airways’ flight QR438 was arrived at Sulaymaniyah International Airport, Fathi Al Shehab, Qatar Airways' senior vice president GCC, Levant, Iran and Indian Subcontinent was on board the flight from Doha and was received at the airport by Tahir Qadir director general Sulaymaniyah International Airport.