flydubai's new service from Dubai to Volgograd was celebrated in the Russian city by a cake featuring an aircraft (note the single engine in the tail!), while in Odessa the flight and cabin crew were greeted with flowers. flydubai now serves a total of 12 destinations across Russia and Ukraine.
- flydubai launched a total of three new routes during the last fortnight from its base at Dubai (DXB) airport. Twice-weekly flights operated by the airline’s fleet of 737-800s were launched to Krasnodar (KRR) and Vologograd (VOG) in Russia, and Odessa (ODS) in Ukraine. The only direct competition on any of these routes comes from Ural Airlines which offers weekly flights on the Krasnodar route. This brings to seven the number of destinations served by flydubai in Russia, and to five, the number of destinations served in Ukraine. Commenting on the start of its operations to Volgograd, flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith said, “Volgograd is steeped in history and culture and this new air link will provide the opportunity for tourists based in the countries across our network, to visit this legendary city. We are pleased to be the first carrier to establish direct air links to Dubai. This year, flydubai has doubled its presence in Russia and we welcome Volgograd to our network. We remain focused on opening up previously undeserved markets and connecting them to Dubai.”