Celebrating the launch of flydubai’s new five times weekly service between Dubai and Mumbai on 28 October were: Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai; Naveen Chawla, VP Aeromarketing, Mumbai International Airport; and Sudhir Sreedharan, SVP, flydubai. The carrier will face competition from five other carriers; Air India, Emirates, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet.
- flydubai has started operations to its seventh destination in India with the introduction on 28 October of five times weekly flights between Dubai (DXB) and Mumbai (BOM). The 1,926-kilometre route will be operated by the airline’s fleet of 41 737-800s and faces intense competition from Emirates (35 weekly flights), Jet Airways (35), Air India (seven), IndiGo (seven) and SpiceJet (seven). Commenting on the launch of the inaugural flight, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO at flydubai, said: “The launch of our Mumbai route is a clear indication of the enduring relationship between India and the UAE. Today’s announcement is a reflection of this and in tandem with the decision to increase seat capacity we can now offer enhanced options for passengers connecting to Dubai and other destinations in our network.” In 2013, India became Dubai’s top trading partner, with a trade volume of USD 37 billion. flydubai already operates to Ahmedabad (since August 2011), Delhi (June 2014), Hyderabad (June 2011), Kochi (June 2014), Lucknow (June 2010) and Trivandrum (June 2014).