Star Alliance member Lufthansa will end a 20-year absence from Iraq when it launches flights to Erbil from Frankfurt in April. The 4-day a week A319 service into Kurdistan – which has not been hit by the violence seen in much of the rest of the country – follows flights to the city from other European carriers including Austrian and Turkish.
Execs at the airline note a growing demand for flights into Kurdistan, which at one point had a solid tourist business. German tourists are far, far more intrepid than American tourists, so it wouldn’t shock me to see these flights marketed to tourists sooner rather than later. You may also remember that Kurdistan launched a tourism-focused marketing campaign a few years back. No word on how successful that’s been.