UAE-based airline Flydubai has increased its capacity by 33% from June 1 to September 30, 2023, in response to the remarkable surge in revenge travel over the past two years.
On Monday, Flydubai announced that this summer would witness the highest level of activity in the history of the Dubai-based airline. Over the course of four months, more than 4.5 million passengers are expected to travel as the airline expands its route network to accommodate the increasing demand in passenger traffic during the post-pandemic era. In response to the rapid growth of revenge travel in the past two years, the airline has raised its capacity by 33% between 2023 June 1 and September 30.
Flydubai’s network is set to operate an average of 9,400 flights per month between June 1 and September 30, with August expected to be the peak month in terms of flight activity.
In Europe, Flydubai has significantly expanded its presence, now offering a total of 28 destinations. This includes five destinations in Italy, along with Belgrade, Budapest, Prague, Salzburg, Warsaw, Zagreb, and several others.
To meet the high demand for travel during the Eid Al Adha holiday period from June 24 to July 2, the airline has raised capacity by 20% on specific routes within its network. These destinations include Beirut, Colombo, Male, Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Zanzibar.
Here are some helpful tips for passengers to ensure a smooth and pleasant journey during this peak travel season:
- Plan to arrive at the airport at least 4 hours before your departure time.
- Remember that check-in closes 60 minutes prior to departure.
- Be aware that boarding gates close 20 minutes before departure.
- Take advantage of online check-in, available from 48 hours to 90 minutes before your flight.
- Check the baggage allowance for your journey before you travel.
- Verify visa and health requirements for your destination.
- Ensure you have all the necessary documents required at your destination.
- Complete the check-in process and drop off your baggage ahead of time.
Following these guidelines will help passengers navigate potential queues and make their journey from Dubai more seamless.
To keep up with the rising demand, the popular budget airline has been boosting their flight frequencies. Dubai International (DXB) airport witnessed passenger traffic of over 21.2 million in the first quarter of 2023, approaching its pre-pandemic levels.
As the summer holiday season takes hold, and with the upcoming Eid Al Adha holidays, passenger traffic has already experienced a significant surge across UAE airports.
Alongside flydubai, Emirates (Dubai’s flagship carrier), Etihad Airways (based in Abu Dhabi), and other UAE airports have issued advisories to ensure that their passengers do not miss their flights during this busy summer travel season.
Hamad Obaidalla, the Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, revealed that the airline has enhanced its network’s capacity by 33 percent.
This summer, the local carrier is serving a total of 117 destinations spread across 52 countries. Among these destinations are Krabi, Milan-Bergamo, Neom, Pattaya, St Petersburg, and several others. Furthermore, starting from June 30, the airline will introduce nine additional seasonal summer destinations.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, the CEO of flydubai, expressed that they anticipate over 4.5 million passengers to travel across their network in the coming months. This reflects the growing demand for travel, passengers’ confidence in their services, the appeal of Dubai’s offerings, and the expansion of their network.
This year, the airline has acquired and incorporated seven new aircraft into its fleet. Additionally, over the past six months, it has successfully onboarded 560 more personnel, encompassing pilots, cabin crew, and skilled professionals representing 138 diverse nationalities.