Flydubai marks busiest summer with over 4 million passengers


Flydubai reported a strong summer this year, carrying more than four million passengers between June and mid-September, an increase of 30 per cent compared to the same period in 2022.

The carrier operated more than 32,000 flights across a growing network of 120 destinations in 52 countries.

Corfu in Greece and Olbia in Sardinia were the latest additions to the airline's seasonal summer routes.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at Flydubai, told Dubai Eye 103.8's Business Breakfast that these strong figures are expected to deliver record profit for the airline this year - beating last year's AED 1.2 billion.

The carrier, which operates a fleet of 78 Boeing 737s, is expecting further delays to its scheduled aircraft deliveries this year.

It has signed an agreement to lease four Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft between October 17 and April 16, 2024. This agreement will enable the airline to add more capacity across its network during the upcoming busy travel periods.

"We have recorded a 70 per cent increase in passenger numbers to Trabzon and more than 40 per cent to Bodrum this summer. We believe these figures could have potentially been even higher if the aircraft we ordered had been delivered on schedule. This would have enabled us to add more capacity on some of these popular routes," explained Al Ghaith.


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