flydubai celebrated 10 years of operational excellence on June 1 with a special flight from Dubai to Beirut, reminiscent of its first-ever service on June 1, 2009.
On board the celebratory service were passengers who had flown on flydubai’s inaugural flight, which paved the way for a new way of travel from Dubai to the region.
Speaking on the momentous occasion was chairman, flydubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum: “For many years, the Government of Dubai recognised the need for another carrier to serve our country. In 2009, we were able to achieve this, thanks to the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.”
He continued: “flydubai 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.”
Reflecting on the last 10 years and looking to the years ahead, CEO, flydubai, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “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. We are pleased to see that more than 70 million passengers chose to flydubai since the start of our operations.”
flydubai has grown its operations from six aircraft operating out of Terminal 2 at Dubai International (DXB) in 2009, to operating more than 1,700 weekly flights from its home base in Terminal 2 with flights to select destinations operating out of Terminal 3 (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).
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.