Growing passenger numbers on flights, as a result of a codeshare partnership with Emirates, will soon see Flydubai flights landing at Emirates' Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport (DXB), the airline’s CEO has said.
“The cooperation is growing very strongly, and in the future we’ll be moving flights to different parts of the airport, [and] absolutely to Terminal 3,” Ghaith al Ghaith said.
Al Ghaith was speaking exclusively to Arabian Business on day two of the Arabian Travel Market which is being held until April 25 in Dubai.
Flydubai has announced routes to 10 new destinations including Helsinki in Finland and Krakow in Poland over the last few weeks.
“These are routes that are not serviced by Emirates because while they are still too small for a widebody, they are still big enough for us to go to in collaboration with Emirates,” said Ghaith, “and we’re operating at strong load factors on them.”
Figures revealed by Flydubai and Emirates show more than 400,000 passengers flying on codeshare flights between the airlines between November 2017 and March 2018. So far, more than 250,000 itineraries have been booked for the year ahead.
Flydubai’s move to Dubai’s second airport, Dubai World Central (DWC) at Al Maktoum International, has long been on the cards, as has Emirates.
However, dates for both of the city’s carriers moving operations to the airport entirely have been pushed back until it is able to handle at the same capacity as Dubai International Airport.
DXB is the world’s busiest international airport serving close to 90 million passengers each year.
When asked about plans to move to DWC, Ghaith said he expects the airline to operate out of DXB for the forseeable future.
“We will operate at both airports [DWC and DXB] for as long as we can,” he said.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.
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