Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flight FZ727 to Zhulyany International Airport in Kiev landed today and was welcomed with a water cannon salute.
Flydubai’s Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith, was greeted by airport officials including Denis Kostorzhevskiy, Head of the Board of Directors of International Airport Kiev (Zhulyany) and Alexy Yakovec, General Director of Master Avia. The aircraft was configured with Business Class which went on sale earlier this month and is now being trialled on select flights.
Flydubai is also commencing operations to the southern city of Odessa, with flights twice a week. The airline now operates to four destinations in Ukraine and 66 destinations across its network.
Commenting on the launch, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: "Flydubai remains committed to the Ukrainian market. We have been flying here since 2011 and we now offer 28 flights a week to Dubai. In October, we are delighted to announce that the first commercial flight equipped with our new Business Class service will land in Kiev."
Travel to Dubai from Ukraine has grown considerably, with a 46 per cent growth in passenger numbers in the last 12 months. Flydubai has made travel more convenient and Ukrainian passengers have made extensive use of the airline’s network, with 23 per cent of them in the last year continuing their journey to popular destinations including Colombo in Sri Lanka and Male in the Maldives. Visiting Dubai’s efficient aviation hub allows passengers to connect onwards to over 200 destinations.
Commenting on the launch of the new service, Denis Kostorzhevskiy, said: "We are delighted to welcome flydubai to Zhulyany International Airport. These new flights will help to improve the connectivity of Kiev and contribute to the growth of our airport’s operations. We hope that this new route will increase both tourist and business travellers to the capital."