flydubai more than doubles passenger numbers in Q1


flydubai operated 19,000 flights and carried 2.35 million passengers between January 1 and March 31, which represents a 114 percent increase in numbers compared to the same period last year.

In addition, flydubai has seen an increase in demand for connecting traffic with 43% of passengers connecting on to the carrier’s network compared to 28 percent for the same period last year. Demand for travel in Business Class continues to grow across the network, with Europe seeing an increase to 51 percent up from 39 percent in 2021.

Alongside customer expansion, flydubai has taken delivery of four new aircraft this year, growing its fleet of Boeing 737s to 63 aircraft serving the network.

The carrier will take delivery of 18 more aircraft over the next few months. To support this growth, flydubai is currently undergoing a recruitment drive, including pilots, cabin crew and various other positions across the business. 

flydubai has continued to expand its network with relaunched flights to Yanbu (YNB) in Saudi Arabia in February and added AlUla (ULH) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) in March, and has also announced the start of flights to a number of new destinations including Pisa in Italy and Izmir in Turkey commencing this summer.


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