Flight FZ435, scheduled to fly three times a week, landed at the GMR Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport at 0145 hours on Sunday, June 12, following a 3-hour, 45-minute flight from Dubai’s Terminal 2.
The new route is FlyDubai’s second to India and expands FlyDubai’s network to 37 operational destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and the fringes of Europe. FlyDubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “India is a key destination for FlyDubai, which was set up by the Dubai government to provide a good quality, low cost alternative for the millions of expats living in the UAE.
“Increasing the number of affordable, quality flights between Dubai and India, will increase the potential for trade and tourism, as well as ensuring the large Indian expat community in the UAE will be able to travel home to visit friends and family more often. We look forward to successfully serving Indian and other passengers travelling on this route for many years to come.”
UAE Ambassador to India Mohammed Sultan Al Owais said: “The UAE is a very significant trading partner for India and contributes substantially to the Indian economy. This trade has grown from having an annual value of USD 180 million in the 1970s to being worth USD 43.4 billion last year.
“The UAE has invested an estimated USD 6 billion in India and 1.8 million Indian expatriates make their livelihoods and careers here in the UAE. These figures show the strength of the relationship between our two nations and the addition of more direct, quality, affordable flights will help to enhance that relationship for the benefit of both countries.”