flyDubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, confirmed the carrier plans to launch Dubai-Lucknow service in Jun-2010, its first Indian destination (Emirates Business 24/7, 17-May-2010). The carrier is reportedly considering Goa, Jaipur and Pune as future Indian destinations and is working closely with Indian authorities. flyDubai launched services to Karachi this month.
flyDubai looking at more Indian destinations
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