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flydubai records impressive growth between Jan-March 2023; ramps up operations for the summer schedule

Dubai-based, flydubai records another impressive first quarter carrying more than 3.37 million passengers between 01 January and 31 March 2023, an increase of 50% compared to the same period in 2022. The carrier also 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.

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 and Tivat as well as new destinations including Corfu in Greece and Cagliari 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.”

Flight details for the nine destinations starting from 21 June 2023:

Destination Airport Code Country Start Date End Date
Mykonos JMK Greece 21-06-23 10-09-23
Cagliari CAG Italy 22-06-23 30-09-23
Corfu CFU Greece 24-06-23 30-09-23
Tivat TIV Montenegro 24-06-23 09-09-23
Trabzon TZX Turkey 24-06-23 17-09-23
Bodrum BJV Turkey 24-06-23 10-09-23
Dubrovnik DBV Croatia 25-06-23 24-09-23
Santorini JTR Greece 25-06-23 10-09-23
Batumi BUS Georgia 25-06-23 10-09-23

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