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flydubai adds Hofuf to KSA network

Dubai-based carrier increases number of points in Saudi Arabia to 11

Extending its reach into the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, flydubai announces the launch of flights to Hofuf, the largest city in the Al-Ahsa governorate.

The new twice-weekly service to Al-Ahsa Airport will commence on 06 February 2014, bringing the total number of destinations served by the carrier in the Kingdom to 11.

Thanking the Saudi authorities for their cooperation and support in making the new route possible, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said: “We appreciate the continuous support we receive from the Saudi authorities and are honoured to have the opportunity to further expand our network in Saudi Arabia. The new service will further strengthen the strong cultural and trade ties between our two nations.”

flydubai is the first airline to offer a direct air link between Dubai and Hofuf, opening up new opportunities for trade and tourism. This new route will allow passengers from one of the major cultural centres in the Kingdom to travel to Dubai or connect onwards across the flydubai network, while giving UAE residents the opportunity to explore a region with a rich historical and cultural tradition.

Beginning operations to the Kingdom in 2010, flydubai now serves the following points in Saudi Arabia; Abha, Dammam, Ha’il, Hofuf, Gassim, Jeddah, Madinah, Riyadh, Tabuk, Taif and Yanbu.

Flight Details

Flights to Hofuf will operate twice weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays.

From Dubai:

On Thursdays flight FZ897 will depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 1230hrs, landing in Al-Ahsa Airport at 1300hrs local time. On Saturdays flight FZ897 will leave Dubai at 2110hrs, arriving into Hofuf at 2145hrs local time.

From Hofuf:

On Thursdays flight FZ898 will depart Al-Ahsa Airport at 1400hrs, arriving into Dubai International Terminal 2 at 1635hrs local time. On Saturdays flight FZ898 will depart Hofuf at 2245hrs, arriving into Dubai at 0115hrs.

Economy Class return fares start at AED 690 from Dubai to Hofuf and SAR 750 from Hofuf to Dubai. These fares include one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and one small laptop bag or handbag.

Flights between Dubai and Hofuf can be purchased from flydubai’s website (, its Call Centre (+971 4 231 1000), flydubai Travel Shops and through travel partners.

About flydubai

From its home in Dubai, flydubai has created a network of more than 90 destinations and over the next decade the airline will see its fleet grow by up to 237 aircraft. Since commencing operations in June 2009, flydubai has been committed to removing barriers to travel, creating free flows of trade and tourism and enhancing connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network.

flydubai has marked its journey with a number of milestones that represent the scale of the ambition planned for the airline:

  • An expanding network: Created a network of more than 90 destinations in 47 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent.
  • Serving underserved markets: Opened up more than 71 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
  • An efficient single fleet-type: Operates a single fleet-type of 59 aircraft including Boeing 737 MAX 8, MAX 9 and Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
  • Record-breaking orders: Placed the largest single-aisle aircraft orders in the region at the 2013 and 2017 editions of the Dubai Airshow.
  • Enhancing connectivity: Carried more than 70 million passengers since it began operations in 2009.

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