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UAE's flydubai launches first flights from Al Maktoum Int'l

Low-cost carrier says expansion to second Dubai airport will help deliver growth as it takes delivery of over 100 new planes to 2023

UAE's flydubai launches first flights from Al Maktoum Int'l

UAE low-cost carrier flydubai has announced the launch of its first flights from Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central (DWC).

The airline said the start of its new operations from DWC will help to deliver growth as it takes delivery of more than 100 new Boeing aircraft over the next eight years to support the growing demand for travel to and from Dubai.

Speaking about flydubai's new operations, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, said: "It is the same spirit that allowed us to develop significant potential for growth in the many markets within our geographic focus and now enables us to take advantage of the huge opportunity presented by DWC.

"We recognise the benefits and convenience that DWC offers, whilst at the same time continuing our operations at the world renowned Dubai International. We are a young, dynamic airline and keen to increase opportunities for travel for our passengers across Dubai; DWC gives us that."

As well as increasing capacity, the addition of DWC as flydubai's second home will mean an increase in choice for passengers, he added.

flydubai said in August that flights to Amman, Beirut, Chittagong, Doha, Kathmandu, Kuwait and Muscat, for both business and economy passengers, will become available from DWC while flights to these destinations will also continue to be available from Dubai International.

flydubai addded that it has "ambitious plans" and the extra capacity provided by DWC will help the airline continue its growth from an airport that is destined to become a leading centre of world aviation and the future of aviation in Dubai.

Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has created a network of more than 95 destinations in 45 countries, with 17 new routes launched in 2015.

flydubai recorded a loss of $40m for the first half of 2015, as a result of lower Russian demand and the suspension of routes in Iraq, Yemen and the Ukraine.

However, Al Ghaith said the airline had recouped the losses during a strong third quarter and it expected to be firmly back in the black by the end of the year.

For the six months ended June 2015, the airline’s unaudited results showed it generated revenue of AED2.2 billion ($598 million), a year-on-year increase of 8.7 percent.

While the number of passengers carried during the period rose 17.8 percent to 4.2 million, overall capacity increased 33.6 percent, leading to a 12 percent drop in yields and an overall loss of AED 147.4 million ($40.1 million).

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