Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 4 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
flydubai, Dubai's pioneering low-cost airline, celebrated the start of operations to its 45th international destination yesterday (4 November 2011) with the launch of direct flights to Tbilisi in Georgia, the company said on Friday.
"On behalf of the UAE Government, I would like to congratulate flydubai and the Georgian authorities on the start of this new direct service, which I am sure will help to build many new relations between our respective nations," HE Jamal Al Hai, ESVP Communications & International Affairs, Dubai Airports, and Member of the UAE Parliament (FNC), said. "The UAE is always open to new opportunities with other emerging nations and from today we can look forward to working closer with Georgia in the years to come."
The new Tbilisi services will help encourage tourism and foster two-way trade links. "Dubai and Tbilisi share many core sectors of industry, which will benefit from the introduction of these direct flights," George Karbelashvili, Georgian Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development said. "I see flydubai as a key partner to help us promote our country to tourists and the business community in the UAE and wider Middle East looking to visit Central and Eastern Europe."
Established in March 2008, flydubai is Dubai's first low-cost airline and the fastest growing start-up airline in the world. Since commencing operations in June 2009, the airline has established an operational route network of 45 destinations across GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Asia and the fringes of Europe and has built up a fleet of 20 aircraft. Owned by the government of Dubai, the low-cost carrier supports the city's commercial and tourism sectors by serving all travellers and providing them with affordable air links to a range of destinations. The airline is dedicated to quality service and comfortable travel, lowering costs by optimising operational efficiencies and offering the passenger more choice.