flydubai, Dubai’s first low cost airline, launched its 20th destination today when its inaugural flight to Karachi, the city of lights, landed earlier this morning. Ali Saif Alawani, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, who was on board the inaugural flight, said: “The ties between the UAE and Pakistan are already strong with bilateral trade worth more than US$6 billion annually. Increasing the number of affordable, quality, direct air travel links between our countries will only serve to strengthen our relationship.
“Our flight today on board flydubai was excellent. flydubai’s aircraft are brand new, safe, clean and comfortable. The cabin crew are very friendly and welcoming and I’m confident that flydubai’s new service to Karachi will prove to be very popular.”
flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, who also travelled on the flight said: “We’re delighted to start flights to Karachi today. It’s a very important route for us and one we’re looking forward to operating successfully for a long time to come.
“flydubai’s aim is to make travel a little less complex, a little less stressful and a little less expensive and thereby encourage more people to travel more often. We are committed to growing the markets we fly to and we have already seen success with this in other markets, including Beirut, which has seen a 33% increase in traffic, Amman which gained a huge 40% increase, and there has been a 22% increase across all Egyptian routes since flydubai started operations last year.”
Karachi, Pakistan’s main seaport, is one of the world’s largest cities in terms of population and is the financial centre of the country. It is home to Pakistan’s largest commercial corporations and is the heart of trade and industry for the country.
FZ333 departs Dubai from Sunday to Thursday at 0815hrs and arrives in Karachi at 1125hrs. The return flight, FZ334, will leave at 1210hrs arriving in Dubai at 1320hrs local time. On Fridays and Saturdays FZ333 will depart Dubai at 1135hrs and arrive in Karachi at 1445hrs. The return flight, FZ334, will leave at 1530hrs and arrive in Dubai at 1640hrs local time.
One way fares to Karachi from Dubai will cost from AED300, and will be available for purchase from the website (www.flydubai.com ), call centre (04 301 0800) and travel agents.
The flydubai model is simple, with customers paying only for the services they want to receive. The 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.
flydubai operates from a modernised and enhanced Terminal 2 on the north side of Dubai International Airport.