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flydubai expands its Russia network


flydubai has added three destinations to its Russian network, bringing total connectivity to 10 points in the country.

This autumn, the airline will launch flights to Makhachkala and Voronezh and resume services to Ufa. Flights from Dubai to Makhachkala and Voronezh will operate twice a week, starting 31 October 2017 and 29 October 2017, respectively. Services to Ufa will re-launch on 31 October 2017 with three flights a week. flydubai will be the only UAE-based carrier offering direct air links on these routes.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer of flydubai, said: “Russia has been a key part of our network since an early stage in operations. We entered the market in 2010 and focused on markets that were previously underserved from Dubai. Russian passengers recognise benefits of direct air links and have helped us to successfully grow our service.”

Along with the new additions, flydubai’s network in Russia includes Kazan, Krasnodar, Mineralnye Vody, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Yekaterinburg.

The free 30-day Visa on Arrival for Russian traveller in the UAE has prompted a 140% growth in travel numbers from Russia to Dubai within the first month since its introduction, according to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

The airline operates flights to over 90 destinations in 44 countries, including popular routes among Russian travellers, such as Dubai, Male (Maldives), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Kathmandu (Nepal).