Dubai’s passenger traffic from the CIS and Russia increased by 34 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2012 – predominantly as a result of flydubai’s on-going expansion.
The low-cost airline now operates to 16 destinations in the region including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
More than 40 per cent of flydubai’s route development in 2012 concentrated on CIS and CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) regions.
The figures were released as the carrier launched five-times weekly flights to Malé in the Maldives.
GCC business, with passenger numbers up 65 per cent year-on-year, is another key factor in the airline’s growth and it now operates 265 flights per week to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai, highlighted Dubai’s east-meets-west gateway status, popular year-round tourist appeal, and position as a financial and logistics centre, as factors underpinning its growth. The airline operates a fleet of 28 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.