Posted on: 20 March 2013 by Mark Howells
flydubai is to double its network in Russia to eight points and add additional services in Ukraine.
In Russia, flydubai will launch flights to Mineralnye Vody on 16 April followed by Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd on 13 September. Operations to Krasnodar will start a week later on 20 September. flydubai offers the only year-round direct scheduled services from Dubai to these cities, which are all located in South West Russia.
The route map in Ukraine, meanwhile, will also expand to include the only direct services from Dubai to the Black Sea resort of Odessa as well as Dnepropetrovsk in the east of the country. Flights to Odessa will begin on 15 September, the same day the carrier adds capacity to the capital, Kiev, to which it will fly double daily. Services to Dnepropetrovsk will begin on 18 September.
These additional operations bring flydubai’s network to 18 points in the CIS region – more than any other Middle East carrier.
Since flydubai started flights to Russia in October 2010, it has reported phenomenal growth. In 2012, the airline carried 73% more passengers than the previous 12 months on its existing four routes to Kazan, Samara Ufa and Yekaterinburg. There was also an 86% increase in flights over the same period. Kazan, meanwhile, experienced the highest growth with 622% more flights and a 561% rise in passengers last year compared to 2011.
Flights between Dubai and Mineralnye Vody, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar will all operate on Tuesdays and Fridays, with the return flights back to Dubai departing the destinations on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
To Mineralnye Vody, the outbound flight departs Dubai at 23:30 landing at 03:10 the next day.The return flight takes off from Mineralnye Vody at 04:10 and arrives in Dubai at 07:35 (all times local).
The flight from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don leaves at 23:10 and lands at 03:30. Then after a one hour turnaround, the return flight takes off at 04:30, landing in Dubai at 08:40 (all times local).
The Dubai–Volgograd flight pushes back at 22:50 and touches down at 03:00, with the return leaving Volgograd at 04:00, landing back in Dubai at 08:05 (all times local).
Finally in Russia, the service to Krasnodar departs Dubai at 23:40, arriving at 03:50 (all times local). From Krasnodar, takes off is at 04:50, arriving in Dubai at 08:45 (all times local).
For the operations to the Ukraine, flights to Odessa will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays with the outbound departing at 10:00 and landing at 13:55. The return flight leaves Odessa at 14:55 and arrives in Dubai at 20:20 (all times local).
Flights between Dubai and Dnepropetrovsk will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. From Dubai, the aircraft will depart at 10:25 and land in Dnepropetrovsk at 14:10. The flight back leaves Dnepropetrovsk at 15:15, arriving in Dubai at 20:45 (all times local).