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flydubai building travel and trade connections between CIS and Dubai

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

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. 

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 48 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 65 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 more than 50 Boeing 737 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 75 million passengers since it began operations in 2009.

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