Dubai-based flydubai announced today that it will commence new passenger services from Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) with effect from 25 October 2015, the commencement of its winter schedule, as it continues its operations from Dubai International (DXB).
Flights to Amman, Beirut, Chittagong, Doha, Kathmandu, Kuwait and Muscat, for both business and economy passengers, will become available from DWC. Flights to these destinations will continue to be available from DXB.
The development of DWC will allow the UAE's highly successful aviation sector to continue to grow strongly over the next decades. Following the recent decision to expand capacity at the existing terminal at DWC to 26 million by 2018 flydubai has taken the opportunity to offer its passengers the choice of flying from Dubai's two airports.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, commenting on the announcement, said: "DWC is the new frontier of aviation in the UAE. There are very few international cities that do not have more than one airport and Dubai is planning to build the world's largest airport. The start of our new operations at DWC provides further opportunities for growth for flydubai as we take delivery of more than 100 new Boeing aircraft by 2023. We will continue to play an important role in the future of aviation in the UAE."
With the continued development of new communities in the south of Dubai flydubai sees the opportunity to meet its passengers' needs at DWC and provide them with greater choice and flexibility in their travel needs.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, added: "we know from listening to the feedback from our passengers that they value the convenience and flexibility of Terminal 2 at Dubai International. We believe that our new operations at DWC will offer the same enhanced travel experience to our passengers and will enable us to cover more of Dubai."
In a planned approach flydubai will progressively grow its operations at DWC over the next few years. In addition, flydubai Cargo will be available offering a range of transport solutions.
Looking ahead at the opportunity the scale of the plans for DWC presents, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, said: "we see this as the first step to increase opportunities for travel across Dubai. With the delivery of eight new aircraft each year for the next few years and as we prepare for the first delivery of the new model Boeing 737 MAX we remain focussed on supporting travel, trade and tourism by enhancing connectivity from Dubai's two airports."
"This is great news for travellers to and from Dubai and a strong endorsement of the growth strategy planned for our two-airport city, as customers will now have the choice of a fast growing range of services at two world class airports. Customers of flydubai will benefit from the convenience and efficiency of the new facilities at DWC and the arrival of flydubai will see a significant increase in the choice of destinations available at DWC", said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports.
In its sixth year of operation flydubai will see the fulfillment of its order placed in 2008 for 50 aircraft when the last aircraft from this order arrives later this year. It has created a network of 94 destinations, announcing 18 new routes since the start of the year and includes 59 routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai.
Flights for both DXB and DWC can be purchased from flydubai's website (flydubai.com), its Contact Centre (+971 600 54 44 45), flydubai Travel Shops or through travel partners.