Travel Weekly has a pretty good article about Austrian Airlines’ new flights to Erbil, Iraq, in Kurdistan. Several airlines have tried to avoid competition and lower fares by flying to underserved cities (think Delta’s new flights to Ghana and the Ukraine), but this is a huge leap past that. Without the competition to Erbil, Austrian can make a profit by flying the planes about half full. Pretty impressive.
It’s also worth a read to read about how the region may become a tourist destination sooner rather than later, believe it or not.