Flydubai expands ops in Africa

New service, set to operate three times a week, marks second African city in carrier’s network.
Flydubai expands ops in Africa
By Martin Morris
Tue 01 Sep 2009 10:27 PM

Low-cost air carrier, flydubai, confirmed on Tuesday it has added a second African destination to its network when flight FZ601 touched down at Djibouti Ambouli International Airport.The new service will operate three times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Dubai at 0800hrs arriving at 1015hrs local time. The return flight, FZ602, will leave 45 minutes later at 1100hrs and arrive back in Dubai at 1515hrs local time.

One way fares to Djibouti from Dubai will cost from AED650, including all taxes and one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 10 kg.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said in a statement: "One of the reasons flydubai was set up was to operate to second tier cities that are currently underserved by airlines flying out of Dubai.

''While these cities may not be large enough markets for the bigger airlines, there is still a significant amount of traffic from these markets and we believe they will be important and profitable routes for flydubai.

"Djibouti has long established commercial links with Dubai, including DP World, which operates the Port of Djibouti.

"As one of the very few airlines to offer direct flights to this relatively small destination, we anticipate strong demand from both the business and leisure markets.''

Djibouti is flydubai's second African destination after Alexandria and the sixth destination in the network, which also includes Beirut, Amman, Damascus and Aleppo.

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