flydubai from Dubai to Malé
A water cannon salute and delegation of senior Maldivian state officials received flydubai's inaugural service from Dubai in Malé. The airline's CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, remarked: "I am confident that the Maldives will prove attractive to passengers from across our network, particularly those in the GCC and CIS regions who can transit easily through Dubai hub."
- flydubai inaugurated flights from Dubai (DXB) to Malé (MLE) on 19 January. The low-cost carrier now serves the Maldives with five-weekly frequencies using its fleet of 737-800s, competing with Emirates’ twice-daily 777-operated services. flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “As the first low-cost carrier from the UAE to fly to the Maldives, we are making this island paradise even more accessible to travellers across our network”. The 3,000-kilometre route to the Maldivian capital became the airline’s 51st destination served from the Middle-Eastern mega hub.