Dubrovnik welcomed the arrival of flydubai’s inaugural service from Dubai on 10 April. Among those cutting the specially-baked cake to mark the event were Tonči Glavina, State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism (left); Frano Luetić, MD of Dubrovnik Airport (second right); and Martin Gross, Country Manager, Austria and Croatia for Emirates (right).
Five days later it was Kinshasa’s turn to welcome flydubai’s first service from its home hub, with traditional dancers and the obligatory route launch cake. Among those toasting the launch was Sudhir Sreedharan, SVP, Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Indian Subcontinent & Africa) for flydubai (right). The LCC will operate this new airport pair daily via Entebbe.
- flydubai launched new services from Dubai (DXB) to Dubrovnik (DBV) on 10 April, followed by the introduction of flights from its home base to Kinshasa (FIH) via Entebbe on 15 April. The 3,880-kilometre Dubrovnik route will be flown three times per week, while the 5,678-kilometre one-stop Kinshasa connection will be operated daily. Both links will be served by the airline’s 737-800s and neither faces direct competition. flydubai will operate Dubrovnik as a seasonal summer route, offering four flights a week between 10 April and 25 October 2018. Jeyhun Efendi, SVP Commercial Operations UAE, Middle East, Europe & CIS at the LCC, said: “flydubai is the first airline to offer passengers convenient, direct flights from Dubai to Dubrovnik. Our new service reflects flydubai’s commitment to open up 71 previously underserved markets on our network of more than 90 destinations. Frano Luetić, MD of Dubrovnik Airport, commented on the inaugural: “We welcome the launch of flydubai flights from Dubai to Dubrovnik. This is a significant milestone both for our airport and the entire Dubrovnik region. Connectivity is of paramount importance in today’s global world and this new route will make Dubrovnik more accessible for tourists from the Middle East, Asia and Australia and contribute to the further development of the region’s tourism sector.” See how the two route launch FTWAs performed against other airports from around the world.