By Andy Sambidge
Low cost airline's services to Bucharest and Skopje set to take off in October
Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai said on Wednesday it was planning to launch flights to Romania and Macedonia.
Bucharest in Romania and Skopje in the Republic of Macedonia will expand the airline's network in Central & Eastern Europe to 15 destinations across 10 countries.
Flydubai's three-times weekly flights to Bucharest will begin on October 1 with the twice-weekly service to Skopje will begin on October 18.
Since the launch of the first flight to Baku, Azerbaijan in November 2009, the airline has gone on to start operations to a number of key destinations in the region including Armenia; Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Serbia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
Flydubai's CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: "Our two latest routes illustrate flydubai's commitment to expanding connectivity from the Middle East to new destinations that have historically been underserved."
Latest figures from Dubai Airports revealed an increase of more than 35 percent of passengers from Central & Eastern Europe during the first four months of 2012 compared to the same period last year.
"As economies within Central & Eastern Europe gather momentum and destinations gain more prominence, the breadth of Flydubai's reach within the region will be instrumental in promoting trade ties and encouraging travel," added Al Ghaith.