flydubai building travel and trade connections between CIS and Dubai

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer speaks at the CIS Global Business Forum

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 — Speaking at the CIS Global Business Forum organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and The Economist, flydubai Chief Executive Officer Ghaith Al Ghaith described the airline’s vision of opening travel and trade routes to 59 previously underserved destinations to support further economic development and creating demand for travel across its network.

Since the launch of its operations flydubai recognised the opportunity presented by the lack of direct flights to Dubai and over the last six years of operations has launched 17 destinations in 8 CIS countries. flydubai’s passenger surveys show a key factor for choosing the airline is connectivity.

All flydubai CIS routes offer Business Class and cargo services, with strong demand for Business Class in markets where this service was not previously available. Passenger numbers from the Caucasus increased by 21% and from Central Asia by 15% in 2015 compared to 2014.

flydubai’s network in the CIS includes: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan (2 destinations), Kyrgystan, Russia (8 destinations), Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine (2 destinations).

Photo: Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer, flydubai, speaking at the CIS Global Forum.