FlyDubai, a low-tax airline, expanding its operation to Russia

FlyDubai is a government-owned low-cost and low-tax airline. If the routes suit you, it’s a good bet for a cheap flight to Dubai in 2018.

In response to growing popular demand, FlyDubai is going to double its operation to Russia in the winter season. FlyDubai will have 40 weekly flight operations to 10 destinations in Russia by the end of October, that is, it’ll add Makhachkala, Voronezh and Ufa to its existing network.

Flights from Dubai to Makhachkala and Voronezh will operate twice a week, starting 31 October 2017 and 29 October 2017, respectively. Services to Ufa will relaunch on 31 October 2017 with three flights a week. flydubai will be the only UAE-based carrier offering direct air links on these routes, according to FlyDubai Newsroom.

Flydubai operates flights in 44 countries to 97 destinations currently. FlyDubai is a government-owned low-cost and low-tax airline with its head office at Dubai International Airport. The airline is currently serving from Dubai to the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. FlyDubai is not a part of The Emirates Group, but the Emirates supported FlyDubai during the initial establishing phase. Despite the global recession, FlyDubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith believes now is the perfect time to launch the airline: “There are 2 billion people within 4 hours flying time out of Dubai who are still underserved. The market share of LCCs in our region is just about 2%,” he told ATWOnline.

As well as being the HQ for Emirates, the airport is also the home of low-cost sister airline Flydubai, which mainly offers shorter-haul flights to parts of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and eastern Europe. If the routes suit you, it’s a good bet for a cheap flight to Dubai in 2018, according to Travel Supermarket.

Jeyhun Efendi, senior vice president commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) at flydubai, said: “We are pleased to increase our services to Russia as Dubai increases in popularity among Russian travellers. Since 2010, flydubai has been committed to connecting previously underserved points in Russia with Dubai.

“With three more routes and our additional flights, we look forward to offering tourists from Russia more choice and flexibility when travelling to Dubai,” according to Arabian Business.

After enabling passengers to get a free 30-days Visa on arrival, the UAE has witnessed a popular demand from Russia. Therefore, it’s expanding its network in Russia.

Commenting on the launch, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of FlyDubai, said: “Russia has been a key part of flydubai’s network since an early stage in our operations. We entered the market in 2010 and focused on markets that were previously underserved from Dubai. Russian passengers recognise the benefits of direct air links and together with our product offering have helped us to successfully grow our service across the country. Today, we are pleased to further expand our footprint as we see a growing demand for travel from Russia to Dubai.”

The airline presented its seasonal offering at the Leisure 2017 Exhibition that opened on Tuesday in Moscow where it is participating for the third time in partnership with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), according to Arabian Business.

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