Viking Hellas Airlines, based in Athens, have launched their winter programme of flights connecting Manchester (U.K.) with Iraq. The flights which are a continuation of the summer 2011 programme will operate twice weekly leaving Manchester at mid-day every Friday from 28th October with the return flight departing Erbil at 04:30 every Thursday from 27th October. The regular flight flies via Athens and tickets are available to fly from Manchester to Athens and return throughout the winter. The second flight connecting Manchester with Iraq is to Sulaimaniyah and leaves Manchester at mid-day every Thursday from 27th October with the return flight leaving Sulaimanyiah every Friday at 04:30 from 28th October.
Erbil is the fourth largest city in Iraq with the distinction of being one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world with the citadel of Erbil being a 8000 year old mound at the heart of the ancient city. The international airport at Erbil is brand new having only opened in 2005 with very modern architecture and one of the longest commercial runways in the world. Erbil is the gateway to the Northern region of Iraq and is used by nearly 20 international airlines.
Sulaimaniyah is the regional capital of the North Eastern primarily Kurdish region of Iraq. Sulaimaniyah is culturally important with museums featuring important Iraqi Kurdish artefacts. For adventurous tourists the city surrounded by mountains provides a haven in a region of spectacular terrain. The international airport was built in 2003 and opened for international flights in 2005. Currently flights fly to Sulaimaniyah from both European and regional cities with Viking Hellas flying from from Stockholm, as well as Manchester.
Alternative Airlines has a special relationship with Viking Hellas Airlines and can offer immediate confirmation of the best prices and availability. For travellers wishing to visit Northern Iraq.
Alternative Airlines offer a better choice of cheap flights to Erbil and Sulaimaniyah.