Flydubai sees record growth across Europe, CES
Dubai, November 23, 2012
Dubai's low-cost carrier flydubai is celebrating a number of route anniversaries in its Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) network this month, reaffirming its commitment to expansion and connectivity while highlighting its growth in the UAE’s aviation market.
Three years since launching operations to Baku, Azerbaijan, on 22 November 2009, the Dubai airline has established flights to 16 destinations across 11 countries in the CEE and CIS region.
It also has the most comprehensive network of all Middle Eastern carriers to this area and is the only scheduled operator flying direct to Dubai from Belgrade, Skopje, Bishkek, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Tbilisi, said a senior official.
"More than 40 per cent of our route development this year has taken place in CEE and the CIS. The geographical prioritisation of these market has been key to flydubai’s continued growth and highlights our commitment to offering real choice and excellent quality service for passengers while boosting tourism and trade between our regions," remarked its CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith.
According to him, flydubai has also been instrumental in increasing air traffic between the UAE and Russia by 85 per cent; and the UAE and Ukraine by 112 per cent.”
Key to the airline’s growth has been its strategic approach to drive expansion. Through adding new aircraft and destinations each year, flydubai has opened up previously under-served markets, bringing affordable travel to more people, more often.
New figures that highlight its remarkable regional development include witnessing a 45 per cent year-on-year growth in the total number of flydubai’s annual flights to the CIS and CEE markets between October 2011 and September 2012.
Also the airline increased the number of monthly flights to this market by 109 per cent in September 2012 compared to September 2011, said the airline chief.
The latest figures from Dubai International Airport reveal that passenger traffic from the CIS and Russia climbed 54.4 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2011, in large part due to flydubai’s on-going expansion in this region.
Developments in the past 12 months include launching a twice weekly service to the Russian cities of Kazan and Ufa late last year, along with starting the first ever direct service to Kharkiv, Ukraine from Dubai in addition to Kiev and Donetsk.
Al Ghaith said flydubai continues to increase its frequency to the region with adding a fourth weekly flight to Yerevan from November 29.
Offering 58 regular flights per week, flydubai’s CEE and CIS network includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine providing an array of destinations appealing to the leisure, business travellers and those visiting friends and family.-TradeArabia News Service