flydubai sees record passenger traffic in Q1 2023

A flydubai Boeing 737-800 pushes back off gate at Dubai International Airport
Photo Credit: flydubai

flydubai, an Emirati-based hybrid carrier has enjoyed an exceptional first quarter performance with more than 3.37 million passengers between the first of January to the 31st of March 2023.

This represents an impressive increase in passenger numbers of 50%, compared to the same period in 2022.

Summer network increases

The airline plans to boost operations across its network to aid the increase in demand this summer. The summer period is ranged between 1 July and 30 September, with an proposed increase of 20% across its network.

It will include flights to St Petersburg in Russia, Pattaya and Krabi in Thailand, Al Qaisumah, Al Ula, Gizan, Nejran and Neom in Saudi Arabia, Shymkent in Kazakhstan, Ashgabat in Turkmenistan, Mogadishu in Somalia and Milan-Bergamo in Italy.

Chief Executive Office, Ghaith Al Ghait of flydubai, said: “We continue to grow our network, launching operations to new underserved routes and adding capacity on existing routes.”

“We have seen a very strong performance since the start of the year, which is a clear reflection of Dubai’s position as a global hub for trade and travel and resilience in the face of economic challenges.”

“flydubai’s role in supporting the growing economy and strengthening airlinks to the UAE and Dubai continues to grow as we take delivery of more aircraft, create more job opportunities and contribute to Dubai International’s (DXB) position as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers for years to come.”


Al Gaith forwarded with optimism: “We look forward to our busiest summer on record yet with added capacity and new routes joining the network from June.”

“We are well positioned to cater to the surge in demand for travel and are committed to offering our passengers more options and reliable services. We also expect good inbound traffic to Dubai as our city has long moved away from its seasonal offering to being an attractive year-round destination.”

Strong performance and growing fleet

The Dubai-based carrier flew more than 25,800 flights between 01 January and 31 March 2023, of which the airline carried 3.37 million passengers, which is an increase of 50% compared to last year.

The airline steadily but aggressively grew its fleet of Boeing 737 to 76 aircraft serving it’s expanding route network with two more workhorses slated to enter into service this May.

To aid with this growth, the airline is fuelling an aggressive recruitment drive to add more talented individuals to its workforce which will allow more talented individuals to join the company, including its air and ground crew. 

Network growth

The airline has built more than a network of 120 destinations in 52 countries, more than 75 of these destinations did not previously have direct air connectivity to Dubai where it hasn’t been serviced by a major Emirati carrier. 

Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “We are pleased to see our operations reach new heights with nine destinations joining our network this summer.”

“This includes popular destinations such as Bodrum, Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Santorini, and Tivat and new destinations including Corfu in Greece and Cagliari in Sicily.”

“We will also increase the flight frequency on a number of routes including Krabi, Milan-Bergamo, Pattaya, and Pisa to name a few which have proven very popular for travelers from the UAE and across our network.”

“Passengers continue to enjoy seamless connections on the flydubai network or through our codeshare partnership with Emirates whether they are traveling in business or economy.”

flydubai continues to expand and complement its routes with Emirates, where the hybrid carrier will fly to destinations not served by Emirates Airlines. This will truly position Dubai as a major global aviation hub, moving the entire world by air travel.

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