flydubai launches 3 weekly flight en route Chennai-Dubai
LCC flydubai has announced the
commencement of its service to Chennai. The service will be the eighth
destination on flydubai's network in India.
- The Chennai-Dubai route will be
served with three flights a week, seeing flydubai operate a total of 29 weekly
flights between Dubai and India.
- In a statement, Ghaith Al
Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said, "Addition of Chennai to
our network will provide the opportunity to travellers to visit Dubai more
often and explore the flydubai network which we are already seeing from our
other points in India."
- It will also provide the opportunity to connect, with the interline agreements
we have in place, onwards through Dubai's aviation hub. India has strong
economic and cultural ties with the region and we are committed to enhancing
connectivity between India and Dubai, he said.
- The carrier currently offers its passengers affordable travel options between
Dubai, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.
- With 29 weekly flights to India,
India contributes is approximately 4.4% of total network contribution for full
year 2014, said Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President, Commercial (GCC,
Subcontinent, Africa) at flydubai.
- India is a key market on
flydubai’s network. The airline saw a 70% growth in passenger numbers after the
launch of four new points in India in 2014. The carrier hopes the occupancy
would be around 90-95% in the Chennai route and all India would be over 90%.
- "The number of seats from Dubai is not enough to serve the Indian cities.
We need more seats between Indian cities and Dubai. However, the allocation is
full. We need to wait for the increase through bilateral agreements between the
two governments," he said.
- "We feel the capacity
available is not justified for this region. There is a huge demand in the
leisure and business sectors and also visiting family and friends," said
- The Airline also said that it
would aim at getting revenue from in-flight advertisements on the flights
between India and Dubai.