Flydubai, Dubai's first low-cost airline, is launching service to Erbil in Iraq, the airline's 22nd destination from Dubai.

Flydubai, Dubai’s first low-cost airline, is launching service to Erbil in Iraq, the airline’s 22nd destination from Dubai.

Flights to Dubai from Erbil, Iraq’s third-largest city and the capital of the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq, will start on Friday, July 16. A one-way fare is priced at US$315.

“Erbil is reinventing itself and undergoing an economic boom with new hotels, leisure and healthcare facilities, commercial towers and trade centres. The city’s rapid development has been compared with that of Dubai and it is a beacon of progress for the rest of the country,” says Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai.

Dubai-based low-cost airline flydubai operates a growing fleet of Boeing 737-800s. The carrier announced an order for 50 Boeing 737-800s at the 2008 Farnborough Air Show

“In 2009, the UAE was the top foreign investor in Iraq and according to reports, the UAE is set to double investment in Iraqi Kurdistan to around 22 billion United Arab Emirates dirhams in the next three years,” adds Al Ghaith. “Flydubai’s new service will not only help to strengthen the relationship between our two nations but will also give the many Iraqi expatriates living in the UAE another affordable, quality air travel alternative to visit friends and family back home.”

More than 6,000 years of history and the region’s natural beauty has made it a regional retreat for centuries. With the advent of a more stable period in the country’s history and increasing numbers of direct flights, the city is opening its doors to a new wave of travellers and tourists.

Flydubai’s lights to Dubai will operate twice a week on Fridays and Mondays. On Fridays, FZ202 will leave Erbil International Airport (EBL) at 9:15 p.m. local time, arriving at Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 0:55 a.m. local time. FZ201 will depart DXB at 6:30 p.m., landing at EBL at 8:30 p.m. On Mondays, FZ202 will depart from EBL at 2:15 p.m., arriving at DXB at 6:00 p.m. FZ201 leaves DXB at 11:30 a.m., landing at EBL at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Flights are available for purchase from and the airline’s call centre in Iraq (0750-425-5445, 0770-745-8888 or 05-33194301).

Flydubai was established by the Government of Dubai in March 2008 and began commercial flights on June 1, 2009. It currently has a fleet of nine Boeing 737-800s and operates to 21 destinations from Dubai. The airline’s other destinations are Beirut, Lebanon; Amman, Jordan; Damascus, Aleppo and Latakia in Syria; Alexandria, Luxor and Assiut in Egypt; Djibouti; Doha, Qatar; Baku, Azerbaijan; Khartoum, Sudan; Bahrain; Kathmandu, Nepal; Muscat, Oman; Kabul, Afghanistan; Kuwait; Lucknow, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Karachi, Pakistan; and Colombo, Sri Lanka.