10 years on: the impact of Dubai's low cost pioneer Flydubai

More than 70 million passengers have flown with Dubai-based low cost carrier Flydubai since it launched 10 years ago.

The airline, which started operations in June 2009, has marked its anniversary with the launch of a new website for passengers to share their memories.

Since commencing operations, Flydubai said it has created a network of more than 90 destinations in 47 countries across Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, and the Indian Subcontinent.

CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said key milestones have included the introduction of inflight entertainment to its fleet in 2010, launching Business Class in 2013, placing three aircraft orders and most recently its codeshare partnership with Emirates.

He said the airline has entered a “new chapter of its maturity” cemented by steady growth, enhanced passenger experience and a renewed commitment to opening up previously underserved markets.

Al Ghaith added: “Flydubai has come a long way since its first flight in 2009. Our agility, our profound understanding of the evolving passenger needs and our commitment to open up previously underserved markets has enabled us to enhance our business model and product offering to become the airline we are today.

“We were established with a mandate to provide convenient, reliable and affordable travel services with the aim to remove barriers to travel, create free flows of trade and tourism and enhance connectivity between different cultures.

“We remain true to that mandate and today 71 of our destinations had no or very few direct airlinks from the UAE. Serving these markets enables a population of 1.5 billion the opportunity for more convenient travel, access to an international aviation hub as well as making their countries more accessible to the world.”

In celebration of 10 years of Flydubai, the airline has launched a dedicated website – – which provides a platform for all passengers to share their favourite Flydubai travel memories.

Those who participate will have the opportunity to win one of 10 pairs of return Economy Class tickets within the Flydubai network.

“As we are celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, I would like to look back at some of our key achievements and acknowledge the hard work and efforts of our extremely committed and reliable team here at flydubai. The growth and success of our airline wouldn’t have been possible without them,” said Al Ghaith.

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