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flydubai set to launch new routes to Yemen, Afghanistan

Dubai's low cost carrier says will start flights to Aden and Kandahar in July and August

flydubai set to launch new routes to Yemen, Afghanistan
Flydubai chief executive officer Ghaith al-Ghaith

Low cost carrier flydubai has announced that it will launch a three times weekly service to Aden and a twice weekly service to Kandahar this summer.

Aden flights are set to start on August 1 and services to Kandahar are due to launch on July 25, bringing the airline's network to 68 destinations.

flydubai will become the first UAE-based carrier to fly directly to both Aden in Yemen and Kandahar in Afghanistan. The airline first began operations to Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, in 2012 and Kabul, the Afghan capital, in 2010.

Commenting on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, said: "These additions to our network will create greater opportunity for travel and trade between these two countries and the UAE. flydubai will launch both these routes with Business Class."

Aden is the commercial capital of Yemen and its deep and naturally protected seaport remains a key driver of the country's economy.

flydubai will operate three flights per week to Aden, one of which will be via Djibouti. This new service will increase flights to Djibouti to six a week.

Located in southern Afghanistan, Kandahar is the capital of Kandahar Province with an estimated population of 500,000. The city is a major trading centre for sheep, wool, cotton, silk, felt, grains and fresh and dried fruit.

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