Some people have come dressed for the route launch party to celebrate the start of flydubai’s service to Moscow Sheremetyevo, and some haven’t. The LCC now operates 47 flights a week to Russia, growing to 58 flights for the New Year holiday season.
- flydubai launched a 737-800 service to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) on 29 November, marking the start of a new daily route from the carrier’s second point in Moscow. With existing operations to Moscow Vnukovo, the LCC is now offering 14 weekly flights to the Russian capital from its Dubai (DXB) hub. Earlier this autumn, the carrier launched flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh, resumed services to Ufa and increased capacity on existing routes: Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Yekaterinburg. Denis Pashkovskiy, Deputy General Director, Commercial Activities at the Russian airport said: “Sheremetyevo is pleased to welcome flydubai, the new partner from the UAE. Partnering with flydubai will be mutually beneficial and will open new opportunities for passengers and customers.” Jeyhun Efendi, flydubai SVP, Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) said: “Partnering with Sheremetyevo was a strategic decision as flydubai will be the first UAE airline to offer direct scheduled services from Dubai to the busiest airport in Russia. Next year passengers from Sheremetyevo will be among the first to enjoy our new 737 MAX 8 aircraft, as we are the first airline in our region to take delivery of this newest aircraft type.” Aeroflot provides direct competition (three times daily) on the airport pair, with Emirates, Azur Air and Ural Airlines offering indirect competition from Moscow Domodedovo, and Rossiya Airlines flying twice-weekly from Moscow Vnukovo. In addition, Red Wings Airlines operates twice-weekly from Domodedovo to Dubai Al Maktoum.