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flydubai adds Tabuk to KSA network

Low-cost link to start on 7 November 2012

flydubai, Dubai's innovative low-cost airline, today announced it is to start operations to Tabuk, Saudi Arabia (KSA), on 7 November 2012.

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.

Flight Details

  • 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 (, 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 296 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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