Dubai: Flydubai eyes major expansion as airport traffic rebounds

Dubai’s flagship budget airline flydubai is on track to continue expansion with an additional 150 new aircraft that are joining its fleet by 2029 as Dubai International Airport looks set to achieve pre-Covid-19 traffic levels by the end of 2023.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said the Dubai-based airline continued to create free flows of trade and tourism through one of the most challenging times in aviation history.

“Since 2021, we have taken delivery of 22 new aircraft, begun operations to more than 45 destinations, and grown our workforce by 25 per cent. We are well placed to continue with our growth trajectory over the next few years supported by an additional 150 new aircraft scheduled for delivery by 2029,” Al Ghaith said on Tuesday at the Global Aviation Conference in Dubai.

As air travel demand continues to surge, with a full recovery within sight earlier than expected, passenger volumes at Dubai International Airport could hover around the pre-pandemic rates of 7.8 million a month in the latter half of next year.

Dubai expects the hub to handle 77.8 million passengers in 2023, up from an earlier projection in April of 75.5 million. This is a nearly 25 per cent increase on the 62.4 million passengers Dubai Airports expects will travel through the airport in 2022.


Khaleej Times

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