Flydubai tops UAE poll for best value for money airline

Dubai-based low cost airline Flydubai has been named the region’s best value for money airline in a recent UAE poll, collecting 31% of the total vote. Following just two years of commercial flights, Flydubai topped the poll of more than 500 UAE residents who were asked to choose ‘The best value for money airline for travel in the region’.

In second place was Dubai-based full service airline Emirates, which just pipped Air Arabia with 18% of the vote – 13% behind Flydubai. Sharjah-based Air Arabia took third place in the poll with 16% of the vote – some 15% behind Flydubai.

Missing out on a podium finish was Abu Dhabi-based full service carrier Etihad Airways with just 7% of the vote, 24% behind Flydubai and 11% behind Emirates. Even when broken down by their home market, Abu Dhabi residents still thought Flydubai offered the best value for money.

Dan Healy, the CEO of the Dubai-based research company Real Opinions, which conducted the research, commented, “The regional airline industry has gone through a transformation in recent years, emulating what happened in the regional flights sector in Europe at the turn of the millennium. The prolific growth of low cost airlines and the resultant consolidation in this industry segment has naturally created winners and losers, but passengers are the real winners as they now have more choice to better match their budget and required service levels.”

In a further boost for the aviation industry, the introduction of low cost airlines also appears to have grown the overall market as 87% of the 538 respondents agreed that “Cheaper airfares encourage me to fly more often in the region”. This is backed up with a sense of adventure to journey where they haven’t been before with 86% supporting the statement ”I like experiencing new cultures and adventures”.

The parallel growth of the Internet in the Middle East has also come at an opportune time for low cost airlines; more than 90% of respondents agreed that “There are greater cost savings and choice when you search and book flights online”.

Healy added, “We have been very active in the region researching the evolution of the Internet and advertising practices from a consumer’s perspective. Our past research has shown that 72% of UAE Internet users have purchased online and flights are top of the list.”

However, the research indicates there are still travellers who prefer to deal with travel agents, and on average 67% of travellers reported travel agents now also include low cost airlines in their quotes.

Source: AME Info

Flydubai, Dubai’s low cost airline, is launching its new car rental service

Flydubai, Dubai’s low cost airline, is launching its new car rental service allowing passengers to book a vehicle and then drive away for less anywhere in the world. The service, available exclusive online through the official website of Flydubai, finds the best rates from more than 650 car rental companies across 35,000 cities and airports in 185 countries.Car Rental Dubai

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai, said, “The launch of our car rental service is another example of offering passengers more choice every time they travel. This new facility also makes it more convenient and therefore a little less stressful for people to find some of the most affordable rates no matter where they fly.”

The service, provided in conjunction with CarTrawler, follows the launches earlier this year of the Flydubai bus, which provides a direct link between Dubai Terminal 2 and Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, and travel insurance packages.

“We are delighted to be working with such a progressive airline as Flydubai,” comments Robin White, Head of Sales with CarTrawler. “A landslide of airlines now clearly recognise that a multi supplier car rental model generates superior revenue to a single supplier model. By working with CarTrawler, Flydubai is adding an important revenue stream to its bottom line. It has a strong route network and we are confident car rental will be a key part of the booking choice in the years to come.”

Flydubai is dedicated to making travel more accessible and affordable, taking every step to lower costs and pass on those savings to customers. All fares are one way and inclusive of taxes, that includes one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 7kg and a small handbag or laptop bag. Customers then pay for the optional extras they wish to receive, such as checked baggage or a seat with extra legroom.

Source: – AME Info