flydubai starts five routes including a Moscow link

Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai’s CEO has been clocking up the air miles over the last two weeks, launching five new routes in four different countries – Almaty and Shymkent (Kazakhstan), Moscow Vnukovo (Russia), Entebbe (Uganda) and Kigali (Rwanda). He’s seen here launching the LCC’s new daily service to the Russian capital on 23 September.

A traditional Kazakh welcome – and a new route cake ‒ was waiting for flydubai representatives when the airline arrived in Almaty and Shymkent this week. The former route will be flown thrice-weekly, while the latter will be operated twice-weekly by the LCCs 737-800s.

27 September saw flydubai increase its presence in Africa, with the addition of daily flights to Entebbe in Uganda, as well as thrice-weekly services to Kigali in Rwanda. flydubai’s delegation was headed by Hamad Obaidalla, flydubai’s CCO, who presented a route launch gift to Abraham Byandala, Uganda’s Minister for Works and Transportation.

  • flydubai has been busy over the last two weeks, starting five new routes in four different countries (see table below). Commenting on the launch of flights to Kazakhstan, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “The start of flydubai’s direct flights from Dubai to Almaty and Shymkent, provide a convenient link between these economic hubs in the Middle East and Central Asia. It marks a milestone in the relations between our countries and sees the expansion of flydubai’s network in the region to five countries.” A week later, he was also speaking at a press conference at Moscow Vnukovo: “Since launching flights to Russia in 2010 we have consistently seen strong demand for travel between the UAE and Russia and with daily flights to Moscow, flydubai provides passengers with another option to travel between the two countries. The new route will enhance connectivity and strengthen trade, travel and tourism.” The airline launched flights to Russia in 2010, starting services to Samara and Yekaterinburg, followed by Kazan and Ufa in 2011 and it doubled its network last year with four destinations in south-west Russia:  Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd. Commenting on the launch of the Entebbe route, flydubai CCO Hamad Obaidalla said: “We are delighted to be flying to Entebbe, one of Africa’s leading commercial centres. With daily flights offering the choice of Economy and Business Class, we will facilitate the flow of tourism and business between Uganda and the UAE.” See how Almaty, Entebbe and Moscow Vnukovo airports’ FTWAs compare to the others sent in this week from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
16-Sep Dubai (DXB) Almaty (ALA) B738 (3) Air Astana (7)
19-Sep Shymkent (CIT) B738 (2)
23-Sep Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) B738 (7) Transaero Airlines (4)
27-Sep Entebbe (EBB) B738 (7) Emirates (7)
Kigali (KGL) B738 (3) RwandAir (7)

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