Dubai-based flydubai announced the launch of flights to Mumbai, bringing the total number of destinations served by the carrier in India to seven,with 25 flights a week.
In June, flydubai doubled its network in India with the start of flights to Delhi, Kochi and Trivandrum. The new flights were a result of the expanded bilateral agreements that India has signed with Dubai over the past 12 months.
Commencing on 28October 2014, flydubai will operate direct flights five times a week between Dubai International's Terminal 2 and ChhatrapatiShivaji International Airport, while also increasing the frequency of its flights to Delhi to five weekly.
Commenting on the announcement, Ghaith Al Ghaith,Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said, "India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)have enjoyed close historic relations and have been dynamic trade partners.We are excited to contribute further to additional growth in the travel and trade segments with the launch of our flights to Mumbai. We remain committed to serving the market with affordable and reliable travel options."
According to reports published by the Consulate General of India, India-UAE trade was valued at $180m per annum in the 1970s and today it is valued in excess of $44bn, making the UAE one of India's leading trade partners.
Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President Commercial (GCC, Subcontinent, Africa) for flydubai, said, "We are pleased to see progress being made this year towards strengthening the trade, travel and tourism links between Dubai and India byadding additional seat capacity between these markets. flydubai's flights to Mumbai, Delhi and the five otherdestinations in the market will give more options to passengers from India to connect through Dubai's efficient aviation hub to other destinations on our network or further afield. Our recently launched Business Class is now available on all our new routes to India: Delhi,Kochi, Mumbai and Trivandrum."
With the addition of Mumbai, flydubai has built up a network of 76 destinations across 37 countries. The carrier has a fleet of 38 aircraft and operates more than 1,100 flights a week within a five-and-a-half-hour radius of Dubai.
Mumbai Flight Details:
flydubai will operate five flights a week between Dubai and Mumbai starting from 28 October 2014.
FZ445is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 2240hrs local time, landing in ChhatrapatiShivaji International Airport at 0300hrs local time. FZ446 is scheduled to depart ChhatrapatiShivaji International Airport at 0400hrs, arriving into Dubai at 0600hrs local time.
Round trip fares
Economy Class return fares to Mumbai will start at Dhs925 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at Dhs2500 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.