As flydubai enters its second year of service, Dubai’s first low cost airline launches routes to three new destinations, proving its status as the fastest growing low cost airline in the region. The carrier expanded services to Karachi, Colombo and Irbid, bringing its route network to 22 cities.
All three cities have been strategically chosen by flydubai and priced so as to allow more people to travel more often. 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.
Karachi, Pakistan’s main seaport and financial centre, is one of the world’s largest cities in terms of population. One way fares to Karachi from Dubai cost from AED300. His Excellency Ali Saif Alawani, UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, who was on board the inaugural flight to Karachi, 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.”
One-way flights to Iraq’s third largest city and capital of the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq, are priced at AED1,225, and operate twice a week on Fridays and Mondays. flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, states: “Erbil is reinventing itself and undergoing an economic boom with new hotels, leisure and healthcare facilities, commercial towers and trade centers. The city’s rapid development has been compared with that of Dubai and it is a beacon of progress for the rest of the country.”
Speaking about the launch to Colombo, Mr. Al Ghaith comments, "We're delighted to be able to expand our range of destinations in the South Asian sub-continent with the start of our flights to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination and by making travel to the capital a little less complex, a little less stressful and a little less expensive, I am confident this new route will be a popular one. Especially since a one way fare with flydubai costs from just AED450, including all taxes, charges and one piece of hand luggage.
“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,” says Mr. Al Ghaith. He adds, “flydubai’s aircraft are all brand new, safe, clean and comfortable with a team of very friendly and welcoming cabin crew.”
Flights are available for purchase from the website (www.flydubai.com), call centre (+9714 301 0800) and travel agents. flydubai operates from a modernised and enhanced Terminal 2 on the northern side of Dubai International Airport.
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