flydubai lands at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, Istanbul
flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, has expanded its route network to the edge of Europe with the start of flights to the ancient capital of Turkey.
Arriving at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport on FZ751 at 2250hrs, Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai's CEO, said: "Having a strong network is very important to the success of flydubai and we are delighted to be able to count Istanbul, the gateway to Europe, as our 18th destination.
"Istanbul is one of the most popular destinations for UAE residents seeking a short break. With a wealth of historical sites and shopping options there is much to delight and occupy visitors. This year Istanbul is the European Capital of Culture so when you put that together with flydubai's simple, uncomplicated, low fares, there has never been a better time to visit this ancient capital."
"We would like to thank the Turkish authorities for their support in making this happen and look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them for the benefit of both our economies and the people travelling between our nations," Al Ghaith added.
Home to nearly 13 million people, Istanbul's location makes it a melting pot of cultures which has seen centuries of influence from both the East and West. Its strategic importance ensured it was the jewel in the crown of the Byzantine Empire before becoming the heart of the Ottoman Empire.
flydubai's new service to Istanbul will strengthen the growing trade relationship between Turkey and the UAE, valued at around US$9 billion per annum.
Flights to Istanbul are available from AED450 one-way including all taxes and one piece of hand luggage. Operating five times a week, FZ751 leaves Dubai at 1855hrs and lands in Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport at 2250hrs local time. The return flight, FZ752, departs at 2335hrs arriving in Dubai at 0500hrs local time.
Flights can be purchased on flydubai's website (flydubai.com), through the call centre (+9714 3010800) and from travel agents.
The flydubai model is simple, with customers paying only for the services they want to receive. The ticket price includes all taxes and one piece of hand baggage, weighing up to 10kg, per passenger.
Passengers have the option to purchase checked-in baggage in advance at just AED60 for the first piece and AED150 for the second, weighing up to 32kgs, subject to availability. Checked baggage at the airport is also strictly subject to availability and passengers are advised to book online early to secure the space, as only pre-purchased baggage can be guaranteed.
A nominal payment of AED5 allows customers to select their seat and just AED100 secures the extra legroom positions. Bookings can be changed for a small fee, plus any difference in the fare, and food and drink can be purchased on board.
flydubai operates from a modernised and enhanced Terminal 2 on the north side of Dubai International Airport.