Flydubai launches debut flights to Sana’a
Dubai, April 22, 2012
Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai on Sunday launched its inaugural flight to its newest destination Sana’a, the capital of Yemen and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Flydubai said the debut flight, FZ091, took off from Dubai Terminal 2 at 7am today and landed at El Rahaba Airport at 8.40am local time.
Representing its entry into Yemen, the new four-times weekly service brings flydubai’s total operational network to 29 countries across the GCC, Middle East, Africa, Indian subcontinent, Asia and the fringes of Europe.
A high-level Yemeni delegation led by the Minister of Transport, Dr Waed Abdulla Batheeb and the chairman of Civil Aviation and Meteorology Authority, Hamed Faraj joined flydubai’s chief commercial officer, Hamad Obaidalla accompanied by the Abdulla Matar Al Mazroui, the UAE Ambassador to Yemen to celebrate the occasion.
The new route will boost business opportunities whilst providing travellers with a quality and affordable link to Sana’a, said a statement from the Dubai carrier.
Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “Since beginning operations in June 2009, flydubai has built up one of the industry’s strongest regional networks. With the addition of Sana’a, we now fly to 20 destinations across 11 countries in the Middle East alone and I would like to personally thank everyone who has been involved in making our flights to Yemen a reality.'
'The flydubai hopes that this new service will play a significant role in developing business opportunites and open the door to more exports between the two nations.' he added.
Inaugurating today’s flight, Obaidalla said: “At flydubai, we aim to connect Dubai to destinations that have previously been under-served by links to the UAE and as such we are very excited about the new route to Sana’a, a city steeped in history.”
Welcoming the debut flydubai flight, Dr Batheeb said, 'We are delighted to receive the low-cost carrier’s inaugural flight here in Sana’a today. We are confident that flydubai’s direct flights to our capital will boost relations between the two countries and create new areas of collaboration in the future.'
The flight FZ091 takes off from Dubai Terminal 2 on Sundays and Mondays at 7am and lands in El Rahaba Airport (Sana’a International) at 8.40am. On return, flight FZ092 leaves Sanaa at 9.25am and arrives in Dubai at 1.10pm local time.
On Wednesdays and Fridays, the flight FZ091 departs Dubai Terminal 2 at 3.45pm and lands in El Rahaba Airport (Sana’a International) at 5.25pm local time. The return flight, FZ092, departs at 6.10pm and arrives in Dubai at 9.55pm local time.
The return fares from Dubai to Sana’a start at Dh1175 ($320) inclusive of taxes, 20kg checked baggage, plus include one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and one small laptop bag or hand bag.-TradeArabia News Service