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FlyDubai Expands into Europe With 4 New Destinations

It’s exciting times for Dubai based low cost carrier FlyDubai. The airline has just recently announced its first wide body jet order. A move that will open new horizons in the carrier’s operations. While waiting for the deliveries of these wide body jets it’s continuing to work on expanding its network. The latest announcement, fresh from the press, is for FlyDubai to open 4 new destinations further enhancing its connections to Europe.

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FlyDubai’s Further Expansion Into Europe

FlyDubai is the largest low cost carrier in the GCC region. The airline operates an extensive network of destinations reach out to India, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa.

In late 2024 thought they are planning to further strengthen their position and presence in Europe by adding 4 new destinations. The airports to see new FlyDubai services later this year are:

  • EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL) – Germany/Switzerland – Flight n. FZ1425
  • Riga International Airport (RIX) – Latvia – Flight n. FZ1441
  • Tallinn Airport (TLL) – Estonia – Flight n. FZ1479
  • Vilnius International Airport (VNO) – Lithuania – Flight n. FZ1263

Flights to Basel will start first, with the first service flying on August 2nd 2024. Riga will follow with flights taking to the sky on October 11th while one day later, on October 12th, Tallin and Vilnius flights will commence operations.

New routes in Europe FlyDubai is adding in 2024

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The No Emirates Overlap Theme Continues for FlyDubai

What is interesting that there is a continuing theme in these new routes opening. The low cost carrier generally avoids overlapping whenever possibile with the main major carrier based in Dubai, Emirates. FlyDubai generally flies to airports and markets that would have difficulties in filling an Emirates wide body. That is until now. This paradigm might change once the carrier finally gets its new first supply of Boeing 787 wide body jets. Once those join the carrier’s fleet we’ll see if things pan out in a different way.

No Alternative For the Plane Chosen by FlyDubai

If you are accustomed with the FlyDubai fleet you won’t be surprised to learn that the airline will be using its Boeing 737s. There is no alternative as the airline only own and operates that aircraft type. What we don’t know is which variant hence which business class cabin interior will be used. The newer Boeing 737 MAX jets offer flat bed seats which are extremely comfortable and a major upgrade over the prior version of the cabin interiors.

FlyDubai Boeing 737 MAX for new flights the airline is opening to Europe. New flights coming in 2024 on board the 737 from Dubai to Basel, Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius

Emirates Codeshare and DXB Terminal 3 Usage

Another proof of how the two Dubai based airlines often work hand in hand is given by the fact that on these new routes too Emirates has entered a codeshare agreement with FlyDubai.

Furthermore these are some privileged FlyDubai flights as they will not be departing and arriving at DXB terminal 2, but at the much nicer Terminal 3. Dubai International Terminal 2 is more like a bus station than an airport and has only bus boarding and is extremely crowded. Therefore you’ll have a much nicer experience than that offered on most FZ flights on the new Tallin, Riga, Basel and Vilnius flights.

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