After a tough time in 2020, FlyDubai kickstarts 2021 by expanding the European destinations by adding Malta, Salzburg, Catania, and Naples to their network. The Dubai-based airline has some mega plans rolled upon its sleeves for May. On Monday, January 25, 2021, the company announced that flydubai will start operating the services of newly added destinations from May 2021. This makes the carrier grow its network to more than 65 destinations as countries after the countries slowly reopened their borders for travel.
Including the addition of these 4 destinations- Catania, Malta, Naples, and Salzburg, flydubai will now operate in 20 destinations of Europe that include Belgrade, Bucharest, Helsinki, Istanbul, Krakow, Prague, and Sofia.
Although the European Union Border restriction is still active, it is assumed that the vaccination will ease the travel restriction in upcoming days. Also, flydubai has specially prepared to start operating service in mid-May. This will help the carrier to grab a handful number of passengers from the holidays on a summer break. Meanwhile, Dubai already allows travelers to visit Dubai with safety precautions and testing requirements.
flydubai became the first UAE-based airline to connect Dubai International (DXB) with Salzburg Airport(SZG) on a direct route, operating from 13 May 2021, and flying four times a week. The carrier will also connect its direct route to Malta International Airport (MLA) and Catania International Airport (CTA) from 12 May 2021, flying four times a week. However, the flights to Naples International Airport will resume from 13 May 2021, with only three times weekly flights.
In the announcement of new routes in Europe, the Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, Gaith Al Gaith comments-
“ with the start of flights to Catania, Malta, Naples, and Salzburg we continue to gradually grow our network catering to increasing demand for travel, as more passengers return to the skies and more countries ease restrictions on international air travel. Since commencing operations in 2009, we have been committed to opening up previously underserved markets and the launch of our latest routes in Europe demonstrates our continuous efforts to offer more people the opportunity to travel more often while creating free flows of travel, trade, and tourism.”
Also, the Senior Vice President, Jeyhun Efendi added- “with the addition of these four routes to our network we offer more choice for travel from the UAE and the GCC while providing passengers from Austria, Italy, and Malta the opportunity to connect onwards to 155 destinations through Dubai’s international travel hub. Whether customers choose to travel in Business Class or Economy Class they can look forward to the convenience of direct connections as well as a comfortable onboard travel experience as they start their journey. We look forward to launching these flights in May.”
The carrier’s airline partner Emirates will also codeshare on these routes. Together, the flights will operate from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB). Altogether, passengers can have uninterrupted travel to 155 destinations from Dubai’s International Aviation hub from both Emirates and flydubai networks which includes Australia, China, the Indian Ocean, Japan, and South Asia.
H.E. Maria Camilleri Calleja, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the United Arab Emirates, said: “connectivity is paramount for solid ties between States, and likewise between Malta and the UAE. Joined by the Malta Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Malta Tourism Authority, we are grateful to flydubai for announcing the route to Malta, providing an opportunity to foster and strengthen the political, commercial and people-to-people relations between our two countries.”
Malta is a popular destination that carries cultural heritage and health/ wellbeing in its boundaries. Malta has the Luqa Airport, which is called Malta International Airport (MLA) that touches both Malta and the Maltese Archipelago. The establishment of a direct route provides the passenger from Dubai, a new taste of cultural importance.
The next network that flydubai expanded is Salzburg. Salzburg International Airport (SZG), is one of the second biggest airports in the region. Located in the metropolitan region of Salzburg in Austria, SZC airport is also known as Wolfgang Amadeus Airport or WA Mozart. This route can increase the number of visitors to the popular Ski Amadé region whose gateway is the airport itself.
The carrier flydubai has steadily increased the number of destinations making the network available in 66 destinations. These expansions also include destinations like Doha, Helsinki, Istanbul, Maldives, and Prague, as well as new routes such as Grozny and Tel Aviv.
The mega airlines flydubai and Emirates have a special Emirates Skywards loyalty program that lets customers, offering members greater convenience with one loyalty currency and a single metric for earning and redeeming Miles.
Passengers can enjoy the luxury of Business class and Comfort of Economy class in these routes similarly like in other routes.
While flydubai is easily using its narrow-body 737 aircraft is easier to land in small countries, Emirates wide body 777 and A380 fleets are struggling. According to Planesporrter.net, flydubai has 51, 737 Boeing, out of which 14 are grounded.
The fare structures for the new routes are:
|Destinations||Flight Type||Economy Class Rate||Business Class Rate||Currency|
|Dubai – Catania||Return||2,200||8000||AED|
|Catania – Dubai||Return||550||2000||EUR|
|Dubai – Naples||Return||2,300||8,000||AED|
|Dubai – Salzburg||Return||2,200||8,000||AED|
|Salzburg – Dubai||Return||400||2,000||EUR|
All the flights can be booked from flydubai’s official website: Best Flight Deals to and from Dubai | Flight Booking Offers – flydubai.