Dubai’s low cost airline, flydubai, is connecting Doha twice daily from October 18, the first GCC destination for the government-owned carrier. The airline is offering a one-way fare to Dubai, from QR165, which includes all taxes and a piece of hand baggage weighing up to 10kg. Tickets are available for purchase from the website (flydubai.com), call centre in Dubai (+9714-3010800) and travel agents from today.
Gaith al-Gaith, flydubai chief executive officer, said passengers have the option to purchase checked-in baggage in advance at just QR40 for the first piece and QR100 for the second, weighing up to 32 kg, subject to
availability. A nominal payment of QR5 allows customers to select their seat and just QR50 secures the extra legroom positions. Bookings can be changed for a small fee, plus any difference in the fare, and food and drink can be
purchased on board.
“The flydubai model is simple, with customers paying only for the services they want to receive,” he said.
Both flights from and to Doha will target peak travel times on one of the busiest routes in the GCC. FZ002 will leave Doha at 8:30am, with the evening flight FZ008 leaving at 9:20pm. The flight time to Dubai is one hour.
Return flights FZ001 and FZ007 will leave Dubai at 7:30am and 8:20pm respectively, arriving in Doha at 7:30am and 8:20pm (local time). The number of economy class seats on the flydubai aircraft will be 189.
Al-Gaith said the low-cost carrier planned to fly to 12 destinations before the year-end.
He said, “We have plans to fly to India, Pakistan and some other countries which are all within a four hour flying time from Dubai.”
“flydubai has worked closely with the Qatari authorities to bring about this announcement and I would like to thank them, and especially Abdul Aziz Mohamed al-Noaimi, chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority, for their hard work and support.” Al-Noaimi said, “flydubai will be a great addition to the existing flight schedule between Doha and Dubai as it will give so many more people another option when travelling.
“Doha and Dubai are both great examples of successful cities that have gained international recognition. This new service will strengthen our links and help us both maintain our growth well into the future.”
(Source: Gulf-times 6 Oct 2009)