Flydubai to operate from Dubai during initial stage

Dubai’s first budget carrier Flydubai, due to launch next year, will start operations at Dubai International Airport before relocating to Al Maktoum International Airport.

Flydubai’s launch was to coincide with the opening of the first phase of Al Maktoum International, currently being built at Dubai World Central in Jebel Ali, in June 2009.

Flydubai will first start flying from Dubai International next year and then shift base to Al Maktoum International by autumn 2009,” Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports, told Emirates Business during a tour of the new Terminal 3 building at Dubai International.

When asked if flydubai would now start flying from Terminal 3, Griffiths said: “We are studying a lot of options at the moment. But it won’t necessarily start flying from Terminal 3.”

As for the launch of Al Maktoum International Airport, Griffiths said: “By summer 2009, we hope to get the licence for the first runway and then the first passenger terminal would be ready by autumn next year, with a capacity of seven to eight million passengers per year.”

Flydubai – the fourth budget airline to be launched in the UAE after Sharjah’s Air Arabia, Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways and Bahrain Air – is due to kick off operations in mid-2009, with assistance from Emirates. The airline’s aircraft order of 50 planes (all Boeing) is estimated to be valued at $3.74billion (Dh13.73bn) at list prices. And according to flydubai’s Chief Executive, Ghaith Al Ghaith, the carrier will have initial startup capital of Dh250 million.

Source: Emirates Business


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