Emirates airline announces Baghdad route

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Dubai-based airline Emirates says it will begin flights to Baghdad in November. It's the latest carrier to open a link to the Iraqi capital after years of conflict.

Emirates says the first flight to Baghdad is scheduled on Nov. 13. The airline began flights earlier this year to the city of Basra in southern Iraq.

A company statement on Tuesday says Emirates expects its four weekly Baghdad flights to offer another route for businesses involved in Iraq's reconstruction, particularly in telecommunications and oil markets.

The UAE's other main international carrier, Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, already has flights to Baghdad.