flydubai launched services between its hub and Tashkent on 11 March. Pictured disembarking the inaugural flight in Uzbekistan are Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, and Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai. The airline will operate the 2,192-kilometre airport pair five times weekly, with it facing direct competition from Uzbekistan Airways, with the latter carrier also operating the route five times weekly using a mixture of 767-300s and A320s.
flydubai re-introduced Hofuf to its network on 16 March, ending a one-year hiatus for the carrier on the 589-kilometre airport pair between Dubai and the Saudi Arabian city. To celebrate the return, this cake was made.
- flydubai has initiated two new routes from Dubai (DXB) over the past few weeks, starting on 11 March with the inauguration of services to Tashkent (TAS). The carrier will operate the 2,192-kilometre route five times weekly, with the sector already being flown by Uzbekistan Airways five times weekly, with the latter using a mixture of its 767-300s and A320s on the airport pair. flydubai’s first service was operated using 737 MAX 8s, the aircraft scheduled to fly the route, however due to recent events, this service is temporarily being flown by the airline using its 737-800s, confirmed by Flightradar24.com data. Along with Tashkent, flydubai also added Hofuf (HOF) in Saudi Arabia to its network this week. On 16 March, the carrier reinstated the 589-kilometre sector from Dubai after a one-year hiatus, with it using its 737-800s on the route. No other airline presently serves the latter airport pair according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.