Government-owned low-cost airline, flydubai has reported that passenger traffic between the UAE and its African routes has grown by 108% since 2015.
The flyer is celebrating carrying more than 70 million passengers since its inception in 2009, more than five million of which were carried on its African routes.
flydubai’s first flight took off 10 years ago from Dubai International bound for Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, on 01 June 2009, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the history of aviation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
A week later on 9th June, 2009, flydubai marked the start of operations to its first point in Africa, Alexandria. Today the Dubai-based carrier has built a network of 12 points in Africa, most of which had been underserved with very few or no direct air links to the UAE.
Commenting on the 10th anniversary of the start of flydubai’s operations, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, said that lydubai was launched with a mandate to open new markets and make travel more accessible to more people.
“I am happy to see flydubai deliver on that commitment which has seen the airline connect 71 previously underserved cities to Dubai allowing a population of 1.5 billion easier access to one of the world’s leading aviation hubs,” he continued.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, stated that flydubai’s commitment to making travel more convenient and more affordable has only grown stronger over the past 10 years.
“We realised early on that travel is about bridging the distance between people and we will continue to change the way people travel around the region,” he explained.
Since commencing operations, flydubai has created a network of more than 90 destinations in 47 countries across Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Europe, the GCC and the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent.
In under 10 years, flydubai has grown an extensive network across Africa and currently offers flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum and Port Sudan as well as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
“Africa is an important market for flydubai and we are delighted that 5.3 million passengers have chosen to flydubai from our network in Africa since the airline’s launch in 2009,” noted Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Indian Subcontinent and Africa) at flydubai.
“We continue to see strong demand for direct air links and last year flydubai contributed 13% of the total growth at Dubai Airports for the African market. Over the last 10 years, I am pleased to have seen our network in Africa grow to 12 destinations in 09 countries,” he said.