flydubai will become the first UAE-based carrier to fly directly to both Aden in Yemen and Kandahar in Afghanistan. The airline first began operations to Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, in 2012 and Kabul, the Afghan capital, in 2010.
Commenting on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer said: "We are pleased to announce the launch of flights to Aden and Kandahar. These additions to our network will create greater opportunity for travel and trade between these two countries and the United Arab Emirates. flydubai will launch both these routes with Business Class."
Aden is the commercial capital of Yemen and its deep and naturally protected seaport remains a key driver of the country's economy. Due to its strategic geographic location, Aden Free Zone has established itself as a regional logistics and manufacturing hub which has helped strengthen economic and social development in the seaport city.
flydubai will operate three flights per week to Aden, one of which will be via Djibouti. This new service will increase flights to Djibouti to six a week. In addition, flights are available for sale between Aden and Djibouti.
Located in southern Afghanistan, Kandahar is the capital of Kandahar Province with an estimated population of 500,000. The city is a major trading centre for sheep, wool, cotton, silk, felt, grains and fresh and dried fruit.
Flights to both destinations will offer Business Class which was launched towards the end of last year. flydubai's Business Class provides passengers with a priority service on the ground and a more personal flying experience in the air. Customers benefit from a priority check-in service and a dedicated 24-hour customer service team to assist with bookings and attend to enquiries throughout their journey. On board, comfortable spacious seats made of Italian leather have a generous recline. flydubai's award-winning inflight entertainment system is shown on a high-definition 12.1-inch touchscreen and a choice of internationally inspired menus and refreshments are served during the flight.
Aden: flydubai will operate flights three times a week between Dubai and Aden starting on 01 August 2014.
Tuesdays and Fridays - FZ603 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 1040hrs local time, landing at Aden International Airport at 1235hrs local time. FZ603 will continue to Djibouti, departing Aden International Airport at 1320hrs local time and landing at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport at 1415hrs local time. FZ603 will return to Dubai, departing Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport at 1500hrs local time and arriving at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 1910hrs local time.
Saturdays - FZ605 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 1040hrs local time, landing in Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport at 1255hrs local time. FZ605 will depart Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport at 1340hrs local time, landing in Aden International Airport at 1430hrs local time. FZ605 will then depart Aden International Airport at 1515hrs local time landing in Dubai International Terminal 2 at 1915hrs local time.
Kandahar: flydubai will operate flights two times a week between Dubai and Kandahar starting from 25 July 2014.
FZ351 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 on Tuesdays and Fridays at 0410hrs local time, landing in Kandahar at 0720hrs local time. FZ352 is scheduled to depart Kandahar on the same days at 0820hrs, arriving into Dubai at 1020hrs local time.
Round trip fares
Economy Class return fares to Aden will start at AED 1700 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class fares will start at AED 4200 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.
Economy Class return fares to Kandahar will start at AED 1000 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class fares will start at AED 4400 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.
Economy Class return fares between Aden and Djibouti will start at AED 1290 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class fares will start at AED 3100 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.
Flights can be purchased from flydubai's website (flydubai.com), its Call Centre (+9714 231 1000), flydubai travel shops or through travel partners. Further information and details of the carrier's car rental and travel insurance services can also be found on flydubai.com.