flydubai adds two new routes to Iraq

flydubai has added two further Iraqi destinations to its network with flights to Baghdad and Najaf due to begin in the New Year.

flydubai launched its first services to Iraq in 2010, serving Erbil and Sulaimaniyah. The new routes mean flydubai now offers 14 flights a week to Iraq. The four-times weekly flights to Baghdad will begin on Tuesday 17 January 2012, with the three times a week service to Najaf starting on Sunday 29 January.

“The UAE is currently one of Iraq’s top trading partners with non-oil trade between the two countries growing 32.6% to AED 26.4 billion, compared to 2008,” noted flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith. “Our flights to Erbil and Sulaimaniyah encouraged business travel and we aim to mirror that success by connecting two of Iraq’s main commercial and business centres to the UAE. We hope the routes will stimulate UAE-based and international business to explore these opportunities.”

Flights to Baghdad will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. From Dubai Terminal 2, services will take off at 13:55, landing in Baghdad at 15:45. The return flight leaves Baghdad at 16:45, arriving in Dubai at 20:05. All times are local.

Flights to Najaf will operate three times a week on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays with scheduled departure from Dubai at 07:00 and arrival in Najaf at 08:40. The return service departs at 09:40, arriving in Dubai at 12:50. Again, all times are local.

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