flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, stated the carrier is looking to add at least five destinations to its network by the end of 2010 (Arabian Business, 03-Jun-2010). The LCC, which celebrated its first anniversary this week, is also planning to take delivery of a further five aircraft in 2010. The carrier stated it has handled more than 750,000 passengers in its first year of operations, on almost 8,000 services. After launching its maiden flight to Beirut on 01-Jun-2009, flydubai now operates a network of 16 destinations, with a further five to be launched later this month. Since the launch of operations, traffic on the Dubai-Beirut route has increased by 33% with a 40% increase on Dubai-Amman sector. The carrier added that 83% of passengers have purchased a F&B item, with 30% paying for seat selection and 56% for checked-in baggage.
flydubai: “We are very proud of what we have achieved this year. We have a taken a theory and turned it into a reality and that reality is a product that people really like. We have big plans for the future and we hope to continue to be as successful as we have been in our first year,” Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO. Source: Arabian Business, 03-Jun-2010.