flydubai launches new low-cost route from Dubai to Basra in Iraq

  • flydubai expanded its Iraqi network out of Dubai (DXB) the same week as its full-serving sibling Emirates. On 8 August, the low-cost airline began serving Iraq’s port city Basra (BSR), becoming its fifth Iraqi destination after Baghdad, Najaf, Sulaimaniyah and Erbil. Flights operate four times weekly with the airline’s 189-seat 737-800s, competing with Emirates’ daily operations on the same route. flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “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.”

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