Al-Naser Airlines has been given government permission to begin flights between Iraq and Cyprus.
The Iraqi charter carrier has gained clearance to operate up to two flights a week from Erbil and Baghdad to Larnaca with a Boeing 737, following an exchange of diplomatic notes between the Iraqi and Cypriot governments on 31 July, says a source at the Cypriot civil aviation authority.
Flight's Ascend Online database shows that Al-Naser's three-strong aircraft fleet includes a 737-400 alongside a Boeing MD-80 and an Ilyushin Il-76.
There are no other operators flying Iraq-Cyprus routes after Cyprus Airways pulled its services between Larnaca and Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, Flightglobal's FlightMaps Analytics data indicates.
Cyprus and Ukraine have meanwhile amended their bilateral air service agreements to remove a limit that restricted the number of airlines in the market to two. A similar agreement with Russia is being sought by Cyprus.