Aqaba and Thessaloniki become the latest destinations to join flydubai’s growing network

Chennai, 24 January 2018: Dubai-based flydubai has announced the start of flights to Thessaloniki in Greece and Aqaba in Jordan from June 2018. The latest additions to the growing flydubai network give passengers from the UAE and the region the option to travel to more than 100 destinations through Dubai’s aviation hub.

flydubai isthe first UAE carrier to operate flights to Aqaba and Thessaloniki. Flightsto Thessaloniki will operate three times a week starting from 15June, while flights to Aqaba will operate four times a week from 16 June.

Commentingon the launch, Ghaith Al Ghaith Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said:“With the addition of Aqaba and Thessaloniki to our network, we increase thenumber of underserved markets served by flydubai with direct flights from theUAE to 71 destinations. The fact that around 70% of our network waspreviously underserved means that we remained committed to the vision set forus to create free flows of trade and tourism and the strengthen direct airlinks with the UAE.”

flydubai earlierannounced the launch of several new routes for 2018 including Tivat, Krakow,Dubrovnik, Catania, Kutaisi, Qabala and Batumi from March onwards. This bringsthe number of destinations served by the carrier in Eastern and Southern Europeto 27, Caucasus and Central Asia to 11 and GCC and Middle Eastto 30.

“We arelooking forward to the start of flydubai’s flights to Aqaba and Thessaloniki.Both cities are major economic, industrial, commercial centres and very popularleisure destinations especially in the summer. Making these destinations moreaccessible to travellers looking for new destinations to explore, willundoubtedly stimulate the traffic flows and tourism between the UAE, Greece andJordan”, said Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE, MiddleEast, Europe & CIS). 

“flydubai’spassengers and passengers connecting from other airlines including Emirates,will be able to enjoy our reliable and affordable services to thesenew routes whether choosing to fly Business or Economy,” he added.Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece with over one millioninhabitants and a major transportation hub for the country and southeasternEurope, notably through the Port of Thessaloniki. The city is renowned for itsfestivals, events and vibrant cultural life and is considered to be Greece'scultural capital. Annual events such as the Thessaloniki International TradeFair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival attracts thousands ofvisitors especially during the summer period.

AqabaAirport (also known as King Hussein International Airport) serves the city ofAqaba in Jordan. Aqaba is located on the Gulf of Aqaba and is the country'smajor seaport, as well as being an important industrial centre and a growingtourist destination. Home to many luxurious hotels and resorts, the cityattracts victors interested in visiting Aqaba and diving in the Red Sea, doinga day trip to Petra, camping in the neighbouring Wadi Rum along with a numberof historical and cultural attractions. 

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