flydubai Starts Service to Sudanese Capital

Published November 9th, 2009 - 01:50 GMT

flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, celebrated its eighth inaugural flight in less than six months last night when the airline's first flight to Sudan touched down at Khartoum International Airport.

    FZ631 left Dubai International Airport's Terminal 2 at 1845hrs
on Sunday, November 8, and arrived in the Sudanese capital at 2150hrs local
time, where flydubai's CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith was welcomed by a Sudanese
delegation to commemorate the first flydubai flight between the two cities.


    Al Ghaith said Khartoum is enjoying increasing levels of
investment and development and that makes the city an exciting new
destination for flydubai.


    "Sudan has enjoyed increased exposure in recent years because
of its important involvement in the global oil industry. In addition it has
growing glass, textile and printing industries which are rapidly developing
and enjoying new levels of investment. There are also impressive levels of
investment being ploughed into the infrastructure development of downtown
Khartoum which is a sign of the city's commitment to modernize and grow.


    "We feel flydubai can play an important role in bringing
visitors and potential investors to Khartoum, as well as help to ensure the
undoubted opportunities that are available in Sudan are accessible to a wider
range of people."


    Despite the distance from Dubai to Khartoum - 1,600 miles -
flydubai is keeping fares low with prices starting from just AED 325 one way,
which includes all taxes and one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 10kg,
per passenger.


    The flydubai model is simple, with customers paying only for
the services they want to receive. Passengers have the option to purchase
checked-in baggage in advance at just AED 40 for the first piece and AED 100
for the second, weighing up to 32 kg, 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 AED 5 allows customers to select their
seat and just AED 50 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.

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