Fly Baghdad plans route expansion to airports in Europe.

Fly Baghdad entered the regional air travel market at the end of 2017 with the launch of a service from Baghdad International Airport to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Since then, the Iraqi low-fare carrier has launched flights to Ankara’s Esenboga International Airport, also in Turkey, Amman in Jordan and Beirut in Lebanon.

Plans are now afoot to expand the Iraqi low-fare carrier’s network beyond the Middle East to Europe and India.

The airline, which also serves Erbil International Airport and Sulaimaniyah Airport in Iraq, was  re-launched early last year to compete against the state-owned Iraqi Airways and several other private carriers.

Ali al-Hamdany, CEO of the Baghdad-based airline told reporters at a conference in Dubai last year that Iraq has a huge population of cash rich travellers, but not many places to visit and “everyone is talking about travelling”.

This year the airline is hoping to add flights to Frankfurt in Germany, Malmo in Sweden and Delhi in India as part of a network expansion that is also expected to include Dubai.

Header image: Sabiha Gokcen International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

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