flydubai has announced that flights to Sulaimaniyah will resume from May 10 after Iraqi authorities reopened the local airport.
The low-cost carrier now operates to five points in Iraq including Baghdad, Basra, Erbil and Najaf.
flydubai said in a statement that it is the first carrier from the UAE to operate direct flights to the Kurdish city with a twice a week service from its Dubai hub to Sulaimaniyah International Airport.
The frequency is set to increase to three times a week from June, the airline added.
Sulaimaniyah will be the 92nd destination on the codeshare list with Emirates.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: "We are pleased to see the direct air links between the UAE and Sulaimaniyah return after three years of suspension. flydubai first operated to the Kurdish city in 2010 and we have seen over the years the positive demand from the region.
"We look forward to further strengthening our network in Iraq, a key market that has been witnessing a rise in investment, trade and tourism."For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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