Posted on: 08 February 2012 by Ross McSweeny
flydubai has begun flights to its 50th destination, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, which it has achieved in less than three years.
This expands flydubai’s operational route network to 28 countries across the GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian sub-continent, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Hamad Obaidalla, CCO of flydubai, commented, “Today is a momentous day for flydubai. Not only is Bishkek the 50th destination we have started operations to, but it also marks our entry into the Kyrgyz Republic. I’d like to thank the authorities for their help with starting this service, which I am sure will be well received by passengers around our network.”
flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said that this landmark flight illustrates the scale of the airline’s ambition to open up destinations that were previously underserved by direct air links to the UAE.
“This inaugural flight represents an important moment in flydubai’s illustrious growth. When we started operations in June 2009, we made a conscious decision to expand as quickly as possible, adding aircraft and destinations at a rapid pace in order to offer more choice and attract more passengers, thereby creating a sustainable and profitable business model for the future,” noted Al Ghaith. “Our strategy has clearly paid off as today we have 21 aircraft and an international route network that spans 28 countries across the GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Sub-continent, Asia and Central & Eastern Europe – making us the fastest growing start up airline in the world ever.”
Flights to Bishkek operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. Flight FZ771 departs Dubai Terminal 2 at 22:55, landing in Bishkek at 05:00. The return flight leaves on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with FZ772 taking off from Bishkek at 06:20 and arriving in Dubai at 08:45.
Photo caption: UAE Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs, HE Khalid Al Ghaith (right) and Uzar Kamelov, head of the Department of International Economic Cooperation – Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Kyrgyz Republic (centre of three men) joined flydubai’s CCO Hamad Obaidalla (left) and a member of the cabin crew to celebrate the carrier’s inaugural flight to Bishkek.