Dubai-based airline flydubai has announced plans to launch three new destinations during the summer months.
The airline will operate to Batumi in Georgia, Qabala in Azerbaijan and Tivat in Montenegro from June to September 2017, it said in a statement.
Batumi, which will be served by three flights a week, will be flydubai’s second destination in Georgia following Tbilisi. The route will be operated from June 22 to September 30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Qabala, which will be served by two weekly flights – on Thursdays and Sundays – will be the carrier’s second point in Azerbaijan after Baku. Flydubai will operate the route from June 22 to September 17.
Meanwhile, the launch of two weekly flights to Tivat from June 23 to September 25, on Mondays and Fridays, will mark flydubai’s first entry to Montenegro.
The decision to launch the seasonal routes is in “direct response” to customer feedback and demand for more leisure destinations on the flydubai network, the statement said.
“We are confident that the demand for these new summer flights will be strong in both business and economy class,” said Jeyhun Efendi, senior vice president Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) at flydubai.
“The interest in affordable, popular and off-the-beaten-track holiday destinations continues to grow, especially from the GCC markets, and these routes offer alternative options for those seeking a beach holiday or city breaks.”
Flydubai will be the first carrier to offer direct flights from the UAE to Qabala and Tivat, and the first from Dubai to Batumi. GCC nationals will not need a visa to any of these three new destinations, while UAE residents will receive visas on arrival, the statement said.
“We would like to thank the authorities in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Montenegro for making it easier for the residents of the UAE and GCC to visit these countries by facilitating their visa requirements,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO at flydubai.
“We continue to look for opportunities to further expand our network and offer our passengers more options to travel especially for the summer holiday season,” added Al Ghaith.
With new aircraft deliveries in 2017, flydubai plans to continue expanding its network, which currently includes 93 destinations in 44 countries.