flydubai adds Basra route to Iraqi network

flydubai has added another Iraq destination with four-times weekly flights to Basra scheduled to start on 8 August 2012.

Basra joins the capital, Baghdad, plus Najaf, Sulaimaniyah, and Erbil, swelling flydubai’s Iraqi route map to five points.

flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, commented, “We identified Iraq as one of our principal markets in 2010 with the launch of services to Erbil and Sulaimaniyah. This is in line with our commitment to continually identify emerging and underserved destinations. We hope that our expanding network will further promote travel between the UAE and Iraq, not only for the business community but also for the thousands of Iraqi expatriates residing in the UAE.”

Basra is Iraq’s main port, helping shipping, logistics, and transport evolve into major industries. The oil and gas sector also maintains a significant presence in the city with most of Iraq’s oil exports being shipped from the Al Basrah Oil Terminal.

Flights to Basra will initially operate four times a week. The outbound service is scheduled to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 08:45, landing in Basra International Airport at 09:40. The return flight takes off at 10:40 and gets back to Dubai at 13:25 – all times local.

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