Posted on: 01 November 2010 by Ross McSweeny
Flydubai is to take its network to 28 destinations with the addition of the Saudi Arabian city of Abha, and the Turkmenistan capital, Ashgabat, services to which will begin later in November.
flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, commented, “We are delighted to be able to announce the expansion of our route network today to these two very different but significant points. flydubai’s flights to Abha in the southwest of Saudi Arabia will be the first direct flights from the city to the UAE and we are confident there will be a significant demand for this route.
“These flights also mark our introduction to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which we are very excited about, and mean we can now count flights to every country in the GCC in our network,” Al Ghaith added.
“Our second new route is Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. Situated across the Caspian Sea from Baku, Azerbaijan, which has proven to be a good route since its launch last year, we believe Ashgabat will also develop into a successful route for flydubai.”
Service from Dubai to Abha begins on 23 November beginning with three weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, until 17 January 2011 when flights will operate daily. Flight FZ811 departs Dubai at 01:00, arriving in Abha at 02:55. The return flight FZ812 takes off for Dubai Terminal 2 at 03:40 and will touch down in Dubai at 07:15 (all times local).
The service to Ashgabat begins on Tuesday 30 November, flying twice a week. Flight FZ731 departs Dubai on a Tuesday at 08:10, touching down in Turkmenistan at 11:40. The return flight FZ732 leaves on a Tuesday at 12:25, reaching Dubai Terminal 2 at 14:00hrs. On Fridays FZ731 leaves Dubai at 11:50 and lands in Ashgabat at 15:20. FZ732 departs Ashgabat on a Thursday at 16:05 and lands in Dubai at 17:40 (all times local).