In brief


Qatar Airways delays Basra service
Qatar Airways said it had delayed a new air service to Iraq's second city of Basra by a week, to September 6, because of repairs at the Basra airport.

An airline statement said coalition authorities had delayed all commercial services to Basra while they made final preparations.

Oman looks to boost tourism
Oman's first adventure and tourism exhibition will showcase various adventure products and tourist destinations available within the Sultanate and will help boost domestic tourism.
Discover Oman 2003 will be held from September 25 to October 3 at the Oman International Exhibition Centre.
The aim of the exhibition is to provide local and international visitors a glimpse of the places to be in Oman.
The event seeks to highlight the exciting adventure spots where people can spend their leisure time.

Polish airline puts off Iraq flights
Polish national airline LOT will delay the start of scheduled flights to Iraq due to security concerns, after Polish troops came under attack, the company said.
The airline had planned to inaugurate a weekly service to the southern port city of Basra at the end of last month.
'Flights on September 3 and 10 have been cancelled by authorities at Basra international airport,' said LOT spokesman Pavel Klimiuk.
The company hopes its first flight to Iraq will take place mid-September, he added.

Royal Jordanian in pact with Delta
Royal Jordanian and Delta Airlines have agreed to develop their commercial ties and to identify potential areas of co-operation.
Royal Jordanian agreed to evaluate the possibility of appointing the US airline as the technical handling agent for its flights at New York's Kennedy Airport, a local report said. The two airlines also expressed a keen interest in enhancing the interline co-operation that already exists between both airlines.
Royal Jordanian and Delta Airlines discussed other issues of mutual interest including frequent-flyer programmes, facilitating passengers travelling to or from Royal Jordanian stations in the US, and the code-share mail agreement to Baghdad that had already been concluded between both airlines.

Turkey tourism hits new high
More than two million visitors flocked to Turkey in July, beating all previous records for a single month, Turkey's Tourism Ministry figures said.
This marked a remarkable turnaround for the country's tourism industry, beleaguered by the recent Iraq war.
The number of tourists in July registered a growth of about 10 per cent in July and 3.4 per cent in June, compared to figures for 2002, the Anatolia news agency said.
This reverses the trend in March, April and May this year, when the number of tourists visiting Turkey fell by 26 per cent, 22 per cent and 13 per cent respectively, compared to last year's figures. Tourism is Turkey's main hard currency earner, with 13.2 million tourists bringing in revenues of $11.9 billion last year.