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flydubai Ramps Up Operations for the Busy Summer Travel Period

Issue 18 - 2023
flydubai Ramps Up Operations for the Busy Summer Travel Period

The Dubai-based carrier grows its network to 120 destinations in 52 countries, supported by ongoing aircraft deliveries, gets ready for the busiest summer to date with a 20% increase in capacity across the network between 01 July and 30 September, compared to the same period in 2022 and grows its network in Turkey to five points served by up to 102 weekly flights.

flydubai plans to ramp up operations for the busy summer travel period between 01 July and 30 September, increasing its capacity by 20% across the network.

Since the start of 2023, flydubai has further expanded its network with the start of operations to St Petersburg in Russia, Pattaya and Krabi in Thailand, Al Qaisumah, Al Ula, Gizan, Nejran and Neom in Saudi Arabia, Shymkent in Kazakhstan, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, Mogadishu in Somalia and Milan- Bergamo in Italy.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “we continue to grow our network, launching operations to new underserved routes and adding capacity on existing routes. We have seen a very strong performance since the start of the year, which is a clear reflection of Dubai's position as a global hub for trade and travel and resilience in the face of economic challenges. flydubai’s role in supporting the growing economy and strengthening airlinks to the UAE and Dubai continues to grow as we take delivery of more aircraft, create more job opportunities and contribute to Dubai International’s (DXB) position as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers for years to come.”

“We look forward to our busiest summer on record yet with added capacity and new routes joining the network from June, we are well positioned to cater to the surge in demand for travel and are committed to offering our passengers more options and reliable services. We also expect good inbound traffic to Dubai as our city has long moved away from its seasonal offering to being an attractive year-round destination,” added Al Ghaith.

Strong performance and growing fleet

flydubai will grow its capacity across the network by 20% between 01 July and 30 September 2023, compared to the same period in 2022.

flydubai has grown its fleet of Boeing 737s to 78 aircraft serving its expanding network. To support this growth trajectory, flydubai is currently undergoing a recruitment drive to add more talented professionals to its workforce and this includes pilots, cabin crew and various positions across the business. 

Growing network

flydubai has built an expanding network of 120 destinations in 52 countries, more than 75 of these routes did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.

Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “we are pleased to see our operations reach new heights with nine destinations joining our network this summer. This includes popular destinations such as Bodrum, Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Santorini, Tivat and Trabzon as well as new destinations including Corfu in Greece and Olbia in Sicily. We will also increase the flight frequency on a number of routes including Krabi, Milan-Bergamo, Pattaya and Pisa to name a few which have proven very popular for travellers from the UAE and across our network. Passengers continue to enjoy seamless connections on the flydubai network or through our codeshare partnership with Emirates whether they are travelling in business or economy.”

flydubai operations to Turkey

flydubai started operating to Turkey in 2010 with the launch of flights to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW). Today, the Dubai-based carrier has grown its network to five points in the market including Ankara Airport (ESB), Bodrum Airport (BJV), Trabzon Airport (TZX) as well as Istanbul International Airport (IST).

During the peak travel period between June and September 2023, flydubai will operate up to 102 weekly flights between Dubai International (DXB) and the five points it serves in Turkey enabling more people to travel conveniently over the holiday season. These direct flights to Turkey are popular for passengers from the UAE as well those connecting from India, KSA and Pakistan and further afield on the combined flydubai and Emirates joint network via the codeshare agreement.

Product Innovation

Earlier in May 2023, flydubai unveiled its latest premium business class seat, offering passengers added comfort, privacy and an exceptional onboard experience.

The Business Suite, designed exclusively for single-aisle aircraft, is the latest evolution in flydubai’s Business Class offering which will see 10 suites introduced to a number of the carrier’s newest aircraft before the end of 2023. The new seat will offer all passengers in Business Class direct aisle access, which rivals the Business Class experience on board many wide-body aircraft.

Nine destinations Mykonos, Olbia, Corfu, Tivat, Trabzon, Bodrum, Dubrovnik, Santorini and Bodrum will start from 21 June 2023 and end 10 September 2023.

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