Dubai-based flydubai will double its operations to Russia for the winter season in response to growing passenger demand.
The airline presented its seasonal offering at the Leisure 2017 Exhibition that opened today in Moscow where it is participating for the third time in partnership with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
From the end of October, flydubai will operate 40 weekly flights to 10 points in Russia. This year the airline will add Makhachkala, Voronezh and Ufa to its existing network in the country that includes Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Yekaterinburg.
Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) at flydubai, said:
“We are pleased to increase our services to Russia as Dubai increases in popularity among Russian travellers. Since 2010, flydubai has been committed to connecting previously underserved points in Russia with Dubai. With three more routes and our additional flights, we look forward to offering tourists from Russia more choice and flexibility when travelling to Dubai.”
This year, the UAE has seen a growing demand from Russia after changes to visa requirements enabled passengers to get a free 30-day Visa on arrival to the country. Travel from Russia to Dubai grew by 97% in the first six months of 2017, according to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
flydubai operates flights to 97 destinations in 44 countries, including popular routes among Russian travellers, such as Dubai (UAE), Bangkok (Thailand), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Zanzibar (Tanzania). Passengers can also benefit from flydubai’s interline agreements with other carriers, providing opportunities for onward travel to more than 200 destinations.