Dubai-based flydubai has inaugurated its new service from Dubai to Sochi.
flydubai will operate flights FZ985/986 between Dubai International Terminal 2 (DXB) and Sochi International Airport on Mondays and Fridays.
flydubai has been operating to Russia since 2010 and offers passengers from across its network more options for travel to Moscow and other major Russian cities including Yekaterinburg. In 2018, flydubai accounted for 43% of the increase in passengers traveling between Dubai and Russia. flydubai becomes the first GCC-based carrier to launch direct flights between Dubai and Sochi. With the new route, flydubai now serves nine destinations in Russia and in total 21 destinations in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia
Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai, said
“Russia is an important market for us and flydubai becomes the first GCC-based airline to offer direct flights between Dubai and Sochi. Our flights to Sochi, along with the start of flights to Naples in Italy which began on 31 May, are further examples of how we continue to open up previously underserved markets. Our service and the convenience of direct flights, together with the recent changes in visa requirements which are reciprocal for Russians and UAE Nationals, will make Sochi a popular year-round destination and also enable easier access for travelers to Dubai.”
lydubai and Emirates will codeshare on this route. The partnership between flydubai and Emirates was announced in 2017 and has expanded to meet increasing demand as passengers realize the benefits, such as access to an expanded global network, the convenience of traveling on a single ticket with seamless point to point baggage handling, the alignment of the frequent flyer program and a smooth transfer during transit in Dubai.