Flydubai starts 2022 on a high note

Flydubai started the year on a positive note by recording strong growth in passenger traffic during the first quarter of 2022 following the easing of travel restrictions and the opening of international borders.

The Dubai-based airline said on Sunday it carried 2.35 million passengers on 19,000 flights in the January-March quarter, reflecting strong year-on-year growth of 114% in passenger traffic.

The airline has also noticed an increase in demand for connecting traffic, with 43% of passengers connecting to the carrier’s network, compared to 28% for the same period last year.

“Demand for business class travel continues to grow across the network and Europe saw a 51% increase in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 39% in 2021,” the airline said in a statement.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, managing director of flydubai, said Dubai had demonstrated its ability to successfully overcome the various challenges posed by the pandemic and continued to thrive.

“We continued to grow in 2022 by capitalizing on the tremendous results we announced for 2021,” he said.

“We have seen the number of passengers carried in the first quarter of this year more than double from the previous two years as we welcome the world to Expo Dubai 2020, connect underserved markets to Dubai and add more frequencies around the network,” said Al Ghaith.

Flydubai called its first quarter performance exceptional and credited the carrier’s growing network and increased capacity on its existing routes which have been supported by new aircraft deliveries since the start of the year. year.

“Our strong business model, supported by our continued recruitment campaign to grow our workforce alongside the aircraft deliveries expected this year, will position us well to meet increased demand as more and more more people are preparing to travel again over the summer,” said Al Ghaith.

Since commencing operations in June 2009, flydubai has been committed to breaking down barriers to travel, creating free trade and tourism flows and improving connectivity between different cultures on its ever-expanding network. The airline has launched more than 70 new routes which previously did not have direct air connections to Dubai or were not served by a UAE flag carrier from Dubai.

Flydubai inaugurated four new aircraft this year, bringing its Boeing 737 fleet to 63 aircraft serving its growing network of more than 100 destinations in 50 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South Europe. East, GCC and Middle East. East and the Indian subcontinent. During the first quarter of 2022, the airline exceeded the number of destinations it operated before the pandemic.

The carrier relaunched flights to Yanbu (YNB) in Saudi Arabia in February and added AlUla (ULH) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to its growing network in March, and also announced the start of flights to some number of new destinations, including Pisa. in Italy and in Izmir in Turkey this summer.

“The carrier will take delivery of 18 additional aircraft over the next few months, for which financing mandates have been issued. To support this growth trajectory, flydubai is currently undergoing a recruitment drive to add more talented professionals to its workforce, including pilots, cabin crew and various corporate positions,” according to the press release.

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