flydubai launched its inaugural service into Sochi on 09 June connecting the Russian city to the Emirati carriers base in Dubai.
- flydubai on 09 June launched direct flights between Dubai (DXB) and Sochi (AER). The twice weekly service will be operated by the Dubai-based carrier on Mondays and Fridays. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, flyDubai is the sole carrier operating on the 2,457-kilometre route and is utilising a B738 aircraft on this sector. Commenting on the inauguration was Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai, who said: “Russia is an important market for us and flydubai becomes the first GCC-based airline to offer direct flights between Dubai and Sochi. Our flights to Sochi, along with the start of flights to Naples in Italy which began on 31 May, are further examples of how we continue to open up previously underserved markets. Our service and the convenience of direct flights, together with the recent changes in visa requirements which are reciprocal for Russians and UAE Nationals, will make Sochi a popular year-round destination and also enable easier access for travellers to Dubai.”