Beginning Sunday, November 8, flydubai will start daily flights to it’s eighth destination – the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, which sits at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles and is a rapidly-growing economy. Well known for its oil trade, the country also boasts growing printing, glass manufacturing, food processing, and textile businesses.
At a distance of 1,600 miles from Dubai, the flight to Khartoum will be the longest in flydubai’s network. Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, believes that the airline is meeting the demand of another under-serviced route.
Ghaith said: “Sudan is a country with a tremendous potential for economic development and financial growth. The country is working hard to ensure there are significant business opportunities, which are attractive to businessmen in the UAE and further afield.
“When you combine that with the existing demand from the many thousands of Sudanese residents in the UAE, it is easy to see why flydubai is excited about the prospects for this route.
“Flydubai is playing the role of a pioneer in the low-cost sector, and our goal is to make these significant, but under-represented, destinations available, accessible, and affordable. Our fares mean that people can experience the potential of Khartoum for themselves without laying out their own significant investment on travel.”
The route also offers many more opportunities for the tens of thousands of Sudanese expatriates working in Dubai to meet up with family and friends more often.
The daily flight FZ631 will leave Dubai International Airport Terminal 2 at 1845 hours, arriving in Khartoum after 4 hours and 5 minutes at 2150 hours local time. The flight from Khartoum to Dubai, FZ632, will leave at 2235 hours arriving in Dubai the following day at 0340 hours local time.
The other seven routes in flydubai’s growing network are: Beirut-Lebanon, Amman-Jordan, Damascus and Aleppo-Syria, Alexandria-Egypt, Djibouti-Africa, and Doha-Qatar. The airline now has five Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft, after its fifth was delivered as scheduled in mid-October.
The flydubai model is simple, with customers paying only for the services they want to receive. The ticket price includes all taxes and one piece of hand baggage, weighing up to 10 kg per passenger. Checked baggage at the airport is also strictly subject to availability, and passengers are advised to book online early to secure the space, as only pre-purchased baggage can be guaranteed.
Flydubai operates from a modernized and enhanced Terminal 2 on the north side of Dubai International Airport.