flydubai, the low-cost airline based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is launching its operations from India from July 13, 2009, by flying to the cities of Lucknow, Coimbatore and Chandigarh.
Flights from Lucknow to Dubai will start on July 13, 2009; flights from Coimbatore will begin on July 14, 2009; and from Chandigarh on July 23, 2009. Update: Flydubai Lucknow-Dubai flights announced (22 March 2010)
flydubai will fly four times a week between Dubai and Lucknow, three times a week between Dubai and Coimbatore, and once daily between Dubai and Chandigarh.
Fares, including all taxes and one piece of baggage weighing up to 10 kilograms, will start from $115 for Lucknow and Coimbatore, and from $95 for Chandigarh.
flydubai uses Terminal 2 of the Dubai International Airport for all its flights.
In a statement, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said that, besides the huge Indian expatriate population living in the United Arab Emirates, “a larger number of people are keen to travel to India for both business and pleasure.”
It is estimated that over one million residents and labourers from India live in the United Arab Emirates.
flydubai said the frequency of the Dubai-Chandigarh service would be decided by July 16, 2009, after the airline studies the load capacity of Chandigarh Airport.
(Reports in the India media have said that Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, is considering starting international flights from Chandigarh.)
Ghaith Al Ghaith added in the statement that India is “a very important market” and that flydubai is expecting “a long and successful future serving the needs of customers wishing to travel between Dubai and India.”
flydubai, which started operations as recently as June 1, 2009, at present flies to Beirut (Lebanon), Amman (Jordan), Damascus (Syria), Alexandria (Egypt), and will start flights to Aleppo in Syria on July 13, 2009.
According to flydubai, with three more Indian destinations being added to its network, the carrier intends to fly to 16 destinations by the end of 2009 “subject to government approvals.”
The airline’s fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which will reach 6 aircraft by the end of 2009, is expected to mount to 50 planes by 2016, the statement from flydubai said.
flydubai does not issue tickets; it issues only boarding passes.
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