Dubai-based flydubai has recorded an exceptional first quarter carrying more than 3.37 million passengers between January 1 and March 31, 2023, an increase of 50 percent compared to the same period in 2022.
The carrier has also revealed its plans to ramp up operations for the busy summer travel period between July 1 and September 30, increasing its capacity by 20 percent across the network. flydubai has also grown its fleet of Boeing 737s to 76 aircraft serving its expanding network with two more aircraft entering service later in May.
Since the start of this year, flydubai has operated more than 25,800 flights and further expanded its network with the start of operations to St Petersburg in Russia, Pattaya and Krabi in Thailand, Al Qaisumah, Al Ula, Gizan, Nejran and Neom in Saudi Arabia, Shymkent in Kazakhstan, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, Mogadishu in Somalia and Milan- Bergamo in Italy.
To further support this growth trajectory, flydubai is currently undergoing a recruitment drive to add more talented professionals to its workforce and this includes pilots, cabin crew and various positions across the business.In terms of network, flydubai has built an expanding network of 120 destinations in 52 countries, more than 75 of these routes did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
According to flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith the airline is expanding its network and increasing capacity on existing routes to meet the growing demand for travel.
He attributed the airline’s strong performance to Dubai’s position as a global hub for trade and travel and its resilience in the face of economic challenges. With more aircraft, flydubai aims to strengthen air links to the UAE and Dubai, and contribute to Dubai International’s position as the world’s busiest airport. “The airline is gearing up for its busiest summer on record with more routes and added capacity to meet the surge in demand for travel,” the CEO said.
Hamad Obaidalla, flydubai’s Chief Commercial Officer, announced that the airline will be increasing flight frequencies on several routes, including Krabi, Milan-Bergamo, Pattaya, and Pisa, which have been popular with travelers from the UAE and beyond. Passengers traveling in business or economy can enjoy seamless connections on flydubai’s network or through its codeshare partnership with Emirates.
Owing to a growing demand for connecting to Thailand from Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Warsaw as well as from across the GCC, flydubai will double its operation to Krabi and Pattaya in Thailand to a double daily service from October 13, 2023.