Flydubai launches four weekly flights to Sanaa

DUBAI - Flydubai has inaugurated services to its latest destination Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

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Published: Tue 24 Apr 2012, 10:51 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:20 AM

The new route will boost business opportunities whilst providing travellers with a quality and affordable link to Sanaa. In parallel to the launch of commercial passenger flights, flydubai now also offers cargo services between the cities through its recently-launched division, flydubai Cargo. With perishables anticipated to be its main consignment, flydubai’s newest cargo route will strengthen trade links between Sanaa and Dubai.

The low-cost airline’s inaugural flight, FZ091, departed Dubai Terminal 2 at 0700hrs on Sunday, landing at El Rahaba Airport at 0840hrs 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 delegation of Yemen state officials, including 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 UAE Ambassador to Yemen Abdulla Matar Al Mazroui to celebrate the occasion. “Since beginning operations in June 2009, flydubai has built up one of the industry’s strongest regional networks.

With the addition of Sanaa, 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. 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,” Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai’s CEO, said.

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 Sanaa, a city steeped in history.”

Dr Waed Abdulla Batheeb welcomed flydubai’s first flight to the capital. “We are delighted to receive the low-cost carrier’s inaugural flight here in Sanaa 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.”

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