flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, today announced that Malta will be joining its European network from 12 May. Flights between Malta International Airport (MLA) and Dubai International (DXB) will operate four times a week; with two flights operating directly and two via a stop in Catania International Airport (CTA), Italy.
The carrier has grown its network to 66 destinations as more countries gradually lift travel restrictions. With the addition of Catania, Malta, Naples and Salzburg the carrier will operate flights to 20 destinations in Europe including Belgrade, Bucharest, Helsinki, Istanbul, Krakow, Prague and Sofia.
Commenting on the announcement, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “with the start of flights to Catania, Malta, Naples and Salzburg we continue to gradually grow our network catering to an increasing demand for travel, as more passengers return to the skies and more countries ease restrictions on international air travel. Since commencing operations in 2009, we have been committed to opening up previously underserved markets and the launch of our latest routes in Europe demonstrates our continuous efforts to offer more people the opportunity to travel more often while creating free flows of travel, trade, and tourism.”
H.E. Maria Camilleri Calleja, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the United Arab Emirates, said: “connectivity is paramount for solid ties between States; and likewise between Malta and the UAE. Joined by the Malta Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs and Malta Tourism Authority, we are grateful to flydubai for announcing the route to Malta, providing an opportunity to foster and strengthen the political, commercial and people-to-people relations between our two countries.”
Emirates will codeshare on these routes and the flights will operate from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB), offering travellers more seamless connections through Dubai’s international aviation hub to variety of destinations between both Emirates and flydubai networks including Australia, China, Indian Ocean, Japan and South Asia. The codeshare will also offer customers more flexibility and choice with a generous baggage allowance, seat selection options and meal services in Economy and Business Class.
Emirates and flydubai Skywards members can also enjoy greater convenience and simplicity with a unified currency and a single metric for earning and redeeming Miles through their shared loyalty programme.
Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai, added: “we are pleased to be able to offer for the first time flydubai flights between Malta and Dubai. Whether customers choose to travel in Business Class or Economy Class they can look forward to convenient connections as well as a comfortable onboard travel experience as they start their journey. We look forward to launching flights from Malta in May and to welcoming passengers on flydubai.”
“With the flydubai launch we are incredibly excited to roll out a number of marketing activities, initiatives and campaigns in the UAE, to captivate and entice residents to visit and discover the rich cultural attractions, culinary delights, activities, hospitality and excitement that the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino have to offer”: said Mr. Glenn Johnston, Malta Tourism Authority, Middle East & Cyprus Representative.
Dubai is one of the world’s leading tourism destinations and is well known for its luxury hotels, shopping malls, the skyscraper Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world, as well as its clean beaches and desert landscapes. It is also an international events hub and there is an opportunity to enjoy a range of entertainment, lifestyle and sports activities.
Passengers will have the option to experience Business Class enjoying space and privacy in the cabin, a comfortable spacious seat, inflight entertainment with films and TV shows available to watch and a range of delicious snacks and complimentary hot and cold beverages.
Passengers travelling in Economy Class will enjoy a Recaro designed seat offering optimal levels of space and comfort in the air. flydubai continues to roll-out WiFi across its fleet enabling passengers to stay connected during their flight and can browse the web, send emails, use social networks and get the latest news. Passengers are able to choose between bundled (Flex/Value) or unbundled (Lite) fares depending on their travel needs.