Dubai, flydubai, Dubai’s low-cost carrier, has inaugurated services to its latest destination in Central & Eastern Europe – Bucharest, the capital of Romania.The inaugural flight, FZ797, departed Dubai Terminal 2 at 0915hrs today (1 October), arriving at Henri Coandă International Airport (Bucharest Otopeni International Airport) at 1330hrs local time.
Ovidiu Silaghi, the Romanian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure joined HYacub Yousif Al Hosani, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Romania and flydubai’s chief executive officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith, were on the aircraft’s arrival.
Yacub Yousif Al Hosani, the UAE Ambassador to Romania, stated: “The opening of flydubai's route will lead to the strengthening of relations with Romania through those travelling for leisure as well as developing further our trade links. We wish flydubai continued success in Romania.”
Ghaith Al Ghaith flydubai’s chief executive officer, added, “Since the launch of our first flight to Central & Eastern Europe with our service to Baku in Azerbaijan, in November 2009, flydubai has expanded rapidly to become the leading airline servicing the region. With the addition of Bucharest, we now fly to 13 destinations across eight countries in the region and I would like to personally thank everyone who has been involved in helping us introduce our flights to Bucharest. We hope that this new service will play a significant role in developing business opportunities and provide travelers with a quality and affordable link to one of Europe’s most dynamic cities.”
flydubai now serves Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine in addition to Romania, with a total of 78 weekly flights across the region.
In the past 12 months, during which flydubai expanded its presence in Russia to four points and launched services to Ukraine, air traffic between the UAE and Russia has increased by 85% between the UAE and Ukraine, traffic has risen by 112%.
Flights to Bucharest will initially operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays. Flight FZ797 is scheduled to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 0915hrs, landing in Henri Coandă International Airport (Bucharest Otopeni International Airport) at 1330hrs local time. The return flight, FZ798, departs at 1415hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2000hrs local time.
From 28 October 2012, flydubai will increase the frequency of flights to four times a week with the addition of a Thursday service. Flight times will remain the same.