Flydubai’s first flight touches down in Baku
Dubai, November 23, 2009
Flydubai, Dubai’s first low cost airline, made its inaugural flight to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku, on November 22.
The flight arrived in Baku Haydar Aliyev International Airport, with flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith to officially inaugurate this new daily service between the two cities.
“This new service is a practical example of the bilateral protocol I signed recently with the Azeri minister of transport, which includes future cooperation between our two countries in the various fields of transportation,” stated Sultan Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Economy and chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority.
“Azerbaijan’s huge oil revenues together with the growth of tourism and non-oil sectors of the economy make the country’s capital, Baku, one of the fastest growing cities worldwide and an exciting new destination for flydubai,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai’s CEO.
Trade between Azerbaijan and the UAE continues to grow and contributes significantly to both economies. The non-oil trade exchange between the UAE and Azerbaijan increased by 21 per cent from $147 million in 2002 to $318 million in 2006, while the total export and re-export from the UAE to Azerbaijan grew by 22 per cent from $143 million to $316 million.
flydubai was established by the government of Dubai in March 2008 to provide an alternative means of transport for the predominantly expatriate population of the UAE and the thousands of people who travel to and from the UAE on business every year.-TradeArabia News Service