DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, October 26, 2015/– flydubai’s inaugural flight landed yesterday in the capital city of Eritrea, Asmara. As it landed at Asmara International Airport, senior Eritrean officials including Tesfaslassie Berhane, Minister of Transportation and Communication, Askalu Menkorios, Minister of Tourism and Paulos Kahsai, Director General Civil Aviation Authority welcomed the flydubai delegation led by Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President, Commercial (GCC, Subcontinent, Africa) and members of the airline’s senior management team.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, flydubai’s Chief Executive Officer said, “The addition of Asmara to our network reflects our commitment to enhancing air connectivity to Dubai which includes 67 points that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were underserved. The Eritrean capital becomes our 13th destination in East Africa.”
Asmara is the 18th destination flydubai launched this year and the airline has recently launched operations to Burundi, Rwanda, Somaliland, Tanzania and Uganda.
Sudhir Sreedharan Senior Vice President, Commercial (GCC, Subcontinent, Africa), flydubai said: “With the addition of four flights a week to Asmara, we are providing passengers from East Africa with a direct link to Dubai. When passengers choose flydubai they will enjoy our convenient, reliable and affordable travel services, our onboard experience and our dedicated Business Class.”
Business Class passengers can enjoy a comfortable spacious seat, a choice of meals from an internationally-inspired menu, a generous checked baggage allowance and fast track through immigration and security. In addition, Business Class passengers have access to business lounges across the network and a dedicated 24-hour Business team to assist with bookings and attend to enquires throughout their journey.
Passengers travelling in Economy Class can enjoy the inflight entertainment system equipped with more than 1,300 hours of content, including movies, games and newspapers. The Boeing Sky Interior minimises jetlag and increases overhead locker space to ensure the best possible onboard experience. Economy Class passengers have access to a variety of hot and cold meals available for purchase on board and on a pre-order basis.
Flights between Dubai and Asmara commenced on 25 October 2015 with 4 flights a week, with flight FZ665/666 operating on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Economy return fares between Asmara and Dubai start from USD 450. This includes 20 kgs checked in luggage allowance.
Business Class return fares start at USD 2,000 and includes all taxes and 40 kgs checked in luggage allowance.
Flights between Dubai and Asmara can be purchased from flydubai’s website (flydubai.com), its Contact Centre +971 600 544 445, flydubai Travel Shops and through travel partners.
Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of flydubai.
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Dubai-based flydubai strives to remove barriers to travel and enhance connectivity between different cultures across its ever-expanding network. Since launching its operations in 2009, flydubai has:
Created a network of more than 95 destinations, with 18 new routes launched in 2015.
Opened up 67 new routes that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
Built up a fleet of 50 new aircraft and will take delivery of more than 100 aircraft by the end of 2023, all of which will be Boeing 737-800s.
In addition, flydubai’s agility and flexibility as a young airline has enhanced Dubai’s economic development, in line with the Government of Dubai’s vision, by creating trade and tourism flows in previously underserved markets.