Dubai's flydubai carried 2.35 million passengers in Q1 2022
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Dubai’s flydubai carried 2.35 million passengers in Q1 2022

Dubai’s flydubai carried 2.35 million passengers in Q1 2022

The carrier has grown its network to more than 100 destinations

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Dubai carrier flydubai carried 2.35 million passengers between January 1 and March 31 this year, an increase of 114 per cent compared to 2021

Flydubai operated 19,000 flights between January 1 and March 31, 2022 and carried 2.35 million passengers. In addition, flydubai has seen an increase in demand for connecting traffic with 43 per cent of passengers connecting on to the carrier’s network compared to 28 per cent for the same period last year.

Demand for travel in business class continues to strengthen as Europe saw an increase to 51 per cent in 2022 up from 39 per cent in 2021.

Flydubai has taken delivery of four new aircraft this year, growing its fleet of Boeing 737s to 63. The carrier will take delivery of 18 more aircraft over the next few months, for which financing mandates have been issued.

The carrier has built a network of more than 100 destinations in 50 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent, exceeding the number of destinations it operated to prior to the pandemic.

The carrier relaunched flights to Yanbu (YNB) in Saudi Arabia in February and added AlUla (ULH) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) to its growing network in March.

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It also announced the start of flights to a number of new destinations including Pisa in Italy and Izmir in Turkey commencing this summer.

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Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer at flydubai, said: “Dubai has demonstrated its ability to successfully overcome the various challenges presented by the pandemic and continues to thrive. We have continued our growth in 2022 capitalising on the tremendous results we reported for 2021. We have seen the number of passengers carried in the first quarter of this year more than double compared to the previous couple of years as we welcomed the world during Expo Dubai 2020, connected underserved markets to Dubai and added more frequencies around the network.”

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