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flydubai to launch flights to former Soviet Union

Dubai low cost carrier to start service to Azerbaijan capital Baku from November 20.

flydubai, Dubai's low cost airline, announced on Tuesday it was launching flights to the former Soviet Union.

Airline chiefs said they will start flights to the Azerbaijan capital Baku on November 20.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai's CEO, said Baku added a new dimension to flydubai's network.

"Baku is our first route into Asia and a prime opportunity because of its rapid expansion as a business and tourism centre. There is currently only one other airline operating direct flights between Dubai and Baku so we anticipate strong demand for our service," he said in a statement.

"While the more well-known routes are a mainstay of flydubai's business, it is also our aim to open up the skies and fly to less established locations," he added.

Azerbaijan is bordered by Russia to the north, Georgia to the north-west, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south.

Baku is an ancient trading post with a colourful history including rule by the Persians and Peter the Great.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the Azerbaijan oilfields produced more than half the world's oil, an accolade only shared in history by the United States.

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