AKnews reports that the first direct flight between Sulaimaniya and the Qatari capital, Doha, commenced on Wednesday.
Dana Mohammed, media secretary for Sulaimaniya International Airport, told AKnews on Thursday that the route is being operated by FlyDubai, the UAE-based budget carrier, in conjunction with the local Zozg and Azmar airlines, and will offer two flight per week.
The inaugural flight carried FlyDubai executives to Sulaimaniya, one of the three provinces in the Kurdistan Region, northern Iraq. The new route opened after the airport and the airline executives brokered a deal in October.
Flydubai flight to Sulaimaniyah is the airline's second destination in Iraq. It already flies to Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region.
FlyDubai airline was launched in 2009. The new carrier has expanded rapidly using a fleet of new Boeing 737-800 planes. It currently operates around 20 routes in the Middle East, Gulf region, Asia, Europe and Africa.