Hyderabad, 11 September 2022: GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL) today inaugurated the maiden direct flight service from Hyderabad to Baghdad. Fly Baghdad’s maiden flight IF 462 took off at 15.17 hours from Hyderabad International Airport after senior officials from GHIAL and other stakeholders flagged it off amidst much fanfare.
The flight will operate between Hyderabad and Baghdad twice a week – Sunday and Tuesday. The Fly Baghdad Flight IF 461 will arrive at GMR Hyderabad International Airport at 09.55 hours on Tuesday. The return flight IF 462 will depart from Hyderabad at 10.55 on the same day. On Sunday, flight IF 461 will arrive at HYD Airport at 11.55 hours and flight IF 462 departs at 12.55 hours. The Baghdad flight service is a testimony to the growing demand for medical tourism in Hyderabad. Flights to India from Baghdad are popular among the Iraqis seeking medical treatment. The data released by the Union Tourism ministry shows medical tourists visiting India from Iraq comprised over 10% and is gradually growing.
As the country’s healthcare capital in India, Hyderabad has been the favourite destination among international tourists. With world- class medical facilities at an affordable price, Hyderabad will be the next growth driver in medical tourism in the country. With the growing demand, GMR Hyderabad International airport has recently inaugurated the Hyderabad-Dhaka flight service. This is the second service in the same direction.
The capital city of Iraq-Baghdad and Karbala has significant historical and religious significance among the Muslims. Thousands of Indians travel to the cities of Baghdad and Karbala every year. The holy city of Karbala is one of the popular pilgrimage destinations and is situated near Baghdad. Millions of Muslims across the world visit the site twice a year. Other religious interest in Iraq includes the shrines of Abdul Qadir Gilani in Baghdad and Imam Ali in Najaf, to name a few. Indians also throng the ruins of Babylonia on the River Tigris.
So, if you want to explore the historical and religious places in Iraq, hop on to the next flight to Baghdad.