Dubai’s low-cost airline, flydubai, today announced five new destinations, including Delhi, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in India; and Almaty and Shymkent in Kazakhstan.
Commenting on the announcement which coincides with the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “As flydubai approaches its fifth year of operation it has created a network of 74 destinations in 35 countries. Our commitment to further strengthen the trade, travel and tourism links in the region by opening up previously underserved markets supports the Dubai Tourism Vision 2020.”
Flydubai focuses on destinations within a five-hour flying radius from Dubai. Delhi, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram join Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Lucknow to make India the third largest country that flydubai operates to by number of points. Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice-President Commercial (GCC, Subcontinent, Africa) for flydubai, said: “India has always been an important market for flydubai.”
Another market that has become important to flydubai’s network is Russia and last year flydubai doubled its network to eight points. Flydubai has now become the largest operator out of the UAE to Russia by number of destinations since it marked its first entry to the market in 2010 with the start of flights to Samara and Yekaterinburg.
Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) for flydubai said: “With flydubai’s daily direct flights to Moscow scheduled to start in September 2014, our flights will operate to Vnukovo International Airport and are now available for sale. Our flights to Kazakhstan will give passengers more opportunity to discover this market which offers great potential for trade and tourism,” added Efendi.
These announcements bring the total number of new destinations flydubai announced since the start of the year to nine. Hofuf in Saudi Arabia, Moscow in Russia, Aden in Yemen and Kandahar in Afghanistan were the latest additions to the airline’s expanding network.