Posted on: 04 July 2011 by Ross McSweeny
flydubai has added two new Russian cities to its network with flights to Kazan and Ufa, taking the airline’s network to 43 destinations across the GCC, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent, Asia and the fringes of Europe.
Kazan is a major economic, political, scientific, cultural, tourist and sports centre and the second largest city of the Volga economic region (after Samara). It is also the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan.
The second of flydubai’s new destinations, Ufa, is the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Its economy is based on fuel, energy and engineering complexes. Ufa is also the largest oil refining centre in the Volga and the Urals. It is the fourth largest Russian city in terms of retail trade turnover, after Moscow, St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg.
“Our aim as an airline is to open up diverse global destinations to travellers and we are grateful to the Russian authorities for their continued support of our expansion plans in their country,” flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith commented. “Our new flights to Ufa and Kazan directly connect Dubai to two economic and industrial power centres in Russia for the first time, while also helping to showcase Dubai as a business and leisure destination to the important Russian and larger CIS markets.”
Flights to Kazan will begin on 14 September with weekly flights to Ufa beginning on 17 September.