Dubai-based flydubai announced the addition of three new routes to its growing network. Flights to Chennai, Hargeisa and Nejran will commence in the first quarter of 2015, further expanding the carrier’s footprint to 89 destinations in 46 countries. With the addition of Nejran, flydubai now operates to 12 cities in Saudi Arabia. The carrier is the first to serve Nejran with four weekly flights from the UAE from 10 January 2015.
From 05 March 2015, flydubai will become the first carrier to operate to Hargeisa, Somaliland from Dubai with four weekly flights. flydubai has expanded its network in Africa in 2014 to 13 points served by 60 weekly flights.
Chennai, flydubai’s eighth destination in India, will be served with three flights a week from 31 March 2015, bringing the total number of weekly flights operated by flydubai to the market to 29.
Commenting on the new announcements, Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “2014 continues to be a very busy year for flydubai. We have announced 26 new routes since January and took delivery of eight new aircraft to support the phenomenal growth plans. We are very excited about the untapped opportunities in the emerging African markets, the progress the UAE has made on the bilateral front in India and the ongoing strong ties with Saudi.”
The new announced routes underline flydubai’s commitment to connecting the UAE to previously underserved markets. The carrier has linked Dubai to 56 underserved destinations since it started its operations in 2009.
Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President Commercial (GCC, Subcontinent, Africa) for flydubai, said: “We are committed to bringing flydubai’s high quality and reliable services to underserved markets like Hargeisa and Nejran, and giving passengers in more established markets like Chennai more options to travel to the UAE and beyond through Dubai’s aviation hub. We are sure that both our Economy Class and Business Class will exceed the passengers’ expectations and live up to the Dubai brand we proudly carry in our name.”
flydubai has a brand new fleet of 43 new Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft and operates more than 1,200 flights a week across the Middle East, GCC, Africa, Caucasus, Central Asia, Europe and the Indian Subcontinent.