Bucharest in Romania and Skopje in the Republic of Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) have been named as flydubai’s latest destinations expanding the innovative low-cost airline’s network in Central & Eastern Europe to 15 points across 10 countries.
Adding these destinations to flyduabi’s network, just days after its third anniversary, further cements the airline’s position as the Middle East’s number one carrier servicing this region. Since the launch of the first flight to Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2009, the airline has gone on to start operations to a number of key destinations in the region including; Armenia; Georgia; Kyrgyzstan; Russia; Serbia; Turkmenistan; and Ukraine and is the only scheduled operator flying from Dubai to Belgrade, Donetsk and Kharkiv.
flydubai’s new services to Bucharest and Skopje, meanwhile, will allow travellers from the UAE to take advantage of low-cost fares to another two emerging destinations in Central & Eastern Europe. The three-times weekly flights to Bucharest will begin on Monday 1 October 2012 with the twice-weekly service to Skopje commencing on Thursday 18 October 2012.
flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “Our two latest routes illustrate flydubai’s commitment to expanding connectivity from the Middle East to new destinations that have historically been underserved. This offers more choice to our customers, increasing international travel options and avenues for trade. Furthermore, our base in Dubai provides the sizeable Romanian and Macedonian expatriate populations around the globe with simple and low-cost links to their home nations.”
XX, XX of the Civil Aviation Agency (CAA) for the Republic of Macedonia, said: “For the many Macedonians living overseas, the UAE is increasingly becoming a gateway to the Middle East and beyond. flydubai’s flights will make travel to these places more convenient and affordable.”
XX, XX from the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Romania, said: “Key to our continued growth is the development of our infrastructure which includes ongoing investment in aviation to accommodate increasing visitor numbers. Attracting quality airlines such as flydubai is therefore an important part of our strategy and I am confident traffic between the two countries will increase as a result.”
In parallel to flydubai’s expanding presence in Central & Eastern Europe, visitor numbers to Dubai from the region continue to grow. Latest figures from Dubai Airports revealed an increase of more than 35% during the first four months of 2012 in comparison to the same period last year. With trade and investment in the region expected to rise following a number of initiatives by the UAE, including the opening of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s international representative office in Azerbaijan at the end of 2012, flydubai’s growing network will provide the UAE business community with reliable links to explore further commercial opportunities in the region.
“As economies within Central & Eastern Europe gather momentum and destinations gain more prominence, the breadth of flydubai’s reach within the region will be instrumental in promoting trade ties and encouraging travel,” added Al Ghaith.