By Staff writer
Senior exec says looking at potential additional revenue stream as airline launches eighth Indian route
Low-cost carrier flydubai is reportedly mulling plans to introduce in-flight advertisements as an additional revenue source.
Sudhir Sreedharan, senior vice president, commercial (GCC, Subcontinent, Africa), made the announcement as the airline launched its eighth Indian destination to Chennai on Wednesday.
"Currently, we do not have any in-flight advertisements. We are looking at it," Sreedharan said in comments published by Indian media.
flydubai will operate three flights to Chennai and a total of 29 weekly flights between Dubai and India.
Sreedharan was quoted as saying that the airline flies its aircraft at 90 percent capacity and there is good demand for more seats.
He added that flydubai has ordered 111 new aircraft, the deliveries of which are expected to begin from 2017 onwards.
Currently, the airlines flies to 95 destinations operating 1,400 flights per week.
Last month, flydubai reported a net profit of AED250 million ($68 million) an increase of 12.3 percent compared to 2013 with total revenue of AED4.4 billion for 2014.
The carrier said it flew 7.25 million passengers in 2014 with increases seen on routes to Africa (14 percent), Central Asia (57 percent), Europe (11 percent) and the Subcontinent (11 percent).For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.