flydubai's CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: "We are very grateful to the Saudi authorities for helping us connect Dubai to underserved destinations in the Kingdom. Besides its business credentials, Tabuk is also an emerging leisure hub. With more and more families preferring to travel within the region, this low-cost link provides an alternative holiday spot."
Due to the influx of visitors and a number of key infrastructure projects underway in the city, including upgrades to Tabuk Airport, international travel trade companies such as global hoteliers are travelling to the city, raising its tourism appeal.
Over the past ten years, Saudi Arabia has become the UAE's primary commercial partner within the GCC region. According to Federal Customs Authority of the UAE, KSA is UAE's top non-oil trading partner, with trade between the two nations amounting to AED 2.2 billion as of February 2012.
flydubai already flies to Riyadh, Jeddah, Abha, Dammam, Gassim, Taif and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.
The airline has a simple model where customers only pay for services they want to receive. Once on board, travellers can choose from a range of optional extras including flydubai's award-winning in-flight entertainment system with packages priced from AED 10 or select from the varied menu of refreshments and Duty Free items.
Flights to Tabuk will operate between Terminal 2 on the north side of Dubai International Airport and Tabuk Airport, starting 7 November 2012.
- Wednesdays: FZ881 is scheduled to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 0940hrs, landing in Tabuk Airport at 1200hrs local time. The return flight, FZ882, departs at 1300hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1645hrs.
- Fridays: FZ881 is scheduled to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 2135hrs, landing in Tabuk Airport at 2355hrs local time. The return flight, FZ882, departs on Saturday morning at 0055hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0440hrs.
Return fares from Dubai to Tabuk start at AED 1,000 and include one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg, one small laptop bag or handbag plus 20kg of checked baggage in each direction. A seat with extra legroom costs AED100 ($28) extra.
Flights between Dubai and Tabuk can be purchased from flydubai's website (flydubai.com), its Call Centre (+971 4 231 1000), flydubai Travel Shops and through travel partners.