Flydubai announces new destinations in Europe

Chennai, 7th December 2017: Dubai-based carrier flydubai today announced the launch of two new European routes for next year: flights to Krakow will start on 08 April 2018and flights to Catania will start on 13 June 2018. flydubai becomes the first UAE carrier to operate direct flights to these destinations, offering weekly flights. With the launch of these new European routes, flydubai’s network grows to over 100 destinations in 47 countries.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai,said: “With the launch of flights to Krakow and Catania, flydubai is committedto open up new direct air links to Dubai and we strive to expand our network tooffer our passengers more choice. Our latest route launches are testament tothat commitment and demonstrate our efforts in offering our passengers moreoptions to explore our network especially as we see more connecting trafficonto our network as a result of our interline and codeshare agreements.”

Flights to Krakow will start in April 2018 and willfurther grow the carrier’s Eastern and Central European network, which includesBelgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Prague, Skopje, Sarajevo and Sofia. flydubai’sEuropean network includes 24 destinations. Krakow is known for its scenic oldtown, featuring the city’s well preserved medieval core where visitors canenjoy a walk around the remains of the city walls or Poland’s largest citypark: Planty.

flydubai further diversifies its network by opening updirect air links to Italy. Flights to Catania will start in June 2018 and markthe first time the Dubai-based carrier operates flights to the South of Europe.Catania is located on Italy’s most popular island, Sicily, and offerstravellers from Dubai and the GCC a great variety of activities includingexploring Catania’s historic sites or a hike up to the summit of Mount Etna,Italy’s well-known volcano.

Emirates will codeshare on both routes and as part ofthe Emirates flydubai partnership, each airlines’ passengers will have theopportunity to connect in Dubai to hundreds of destinations across the world.

Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE,EU, ME, CIS) at flydubai, added: “flydubai will be the first UAE carrier tooffer direct flights to Krakow and Catania and we are excited to startoperations to the South of Europe for the first time. We have seen increasingdemand for our summer destinations this year, so we decided to expand ouroffering with these new routes. We look forward to start the flights to Krakowand Catania and the new opportunities the new routes will provide for trade andtourism.”

To offer passengers more comfort and an enhancedtravel experience, the carrier will operate the new routes on its brand-newBoeing 737 MAX 8.  flydubai’s Boeing 737 MAX 8 was unveiled at the DubaiAirshow in November and will be rolled out across the carrier’s fleet upondelivery over the coming years. The MAX 8 will help to improve operationalefficiency and overall fleet performance, while offering more flexibility andmore comfort for passengers.

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