By Daniel Shane
No frills carrier will begin flying five times-a-week to Indian Ocean islands from 19 January
UAE budget carrier flydubai will launch a five times-a-week service to popular tourism destination the Maldives from 19 January.
The airline will fly from Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 2 to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in the Indian Ocean islands’ capital Malé on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, the operator said.
“We anticipate a strong demand for flights from the GCC, in particular Kuwait, as well as markets such as Russia, CIS and Central & Eastern Europe,” CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said in a statement.
Flights on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays will depart Dubai at 18:55 local time, landing in Malé at 00:40. Return services on these days will leave the Maldives at 01:40 local time arriving in Dubai at 05:40.
On Saturdays and Sundays, services will depart Dubai at 00:30 local time and arrive at 06:15. Return flights leave Malé at 07:15 and arrive back in the UAE at 11:15.
The carrier now serves a network of more than 50 destinations across 32 countries across the GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Great news but not so great timing.
You mean miserable timing. The Maldives are expensive as it is, any money you may save on airfare will be wasted on the extra night you have to book at the hotel to accomodate the flight timings....
Fly Dubai has lost competitveness...High Prices, Bad Timings have pushed me away from this airline after being a frequent flyer following its launch. I blieve they lost vision of why it was founded the first place...from regional to international carrier and later will be moved to Al Maktoum Airport. They need to review their whole proposition.
good news and good luck to a good carrier.
As far as budget airlines go, FlyDubai are at the top of the list. Their airlines are modern and clean, they offer inflight entertainment, etc.
They could improve there baggage policies which are a nuisance and inconsistenly applied, you only get free 7kg for your hand baggage & laptop bag.
Prices are reasonable compared to alternatives, if you know other lower priced airlines we may have not heard about, please share.
What about South Indian Sectors??? We are all eagerly awaiting the announcements to these destinations.