“Dubai was Right” says flydubai CEO
Ghaith Al Ghaith hails the vision and courage of the Government of Dubai and developers who continued to invest during the economic crisis
Dubai, UAE, May 01, 2011 – On the eve of the region’s biggest tourism industry event, Arabian Travel Market, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Dubai’s first low cost airline, flydubai, has paid tribute to those who continued to develop the tourism infrastructure in Dubai during the worst of the global economic crisis.
“Many people doubted Dubai for continuing to spend money on the development of hotels and associated tourism infrastructure at a time when people were cutting back on their travel spend,” said Al Ghaith. “The establishment of Dubai’s first low cost airline, flydubai, at the height of the crisis was questioned by some - but Dubai was right.
“Continued increases in the number of visitors to Dubai and the UAE, and the number of people travelling through Dubai’s airport prove that the continued development of the infrastructure needed to cope with these visitors was the right thing to do. Without that development Dubai would not be in the position it is to capitalise on the increased visitor numbers.
“These additional tourists and business travellers are coming for a variety of reasons, not least the recent turmoil in the region. People are putting Dubai and the UAE at the top of their leisure and business travel wish lists because they are very safe, comfortable and enjoyable destinations with something to offer to all types of travellers. They are also now an affordable travel options thanks to the lower fares introduced by flydubai and the UAE’s burgeoning budget hotel market.
“Travel is something that people both need to and enjoy doing. Regional turmoil and economic crises are temporary situations which, over time, are resolved – and when they are, people start to travel again. Dubai has been very smart in continuing to invest to ensure the country is ready to capitalise on the inevitable return to travel,” Al Ghaith added.
flydubai’s own figures show that despite starting operations during the worst economic crisis for more than a generation, it was the right thing to do. Fleet growth of almost 120% (end 2010 v end 2009) combined with network growth of 164% (end 2010 v end 2009) show that flydubai is now a force to be reckoned with in the regional air travel market.
The airline now operates more than 500 flights per week to 36 destinations, using 16 brand new Boeing 737-800NG aircraft – more than half of which are equipped with flydubai’s revolutionary new in-flight entertainment system.
But despite such rapid increases in fleet, flights and network, the airline has stayed true to its commitment to ensure a quality, low cost service for passengers. During 2010, flydubai maintained an impressive On Time Performance record of 83% for Departures and 80% for Arrivals. This is one measure of how successful an airline is and these figures ensure flydubai has one of the best records in the industry.
Al Ghaith commented: “Our growth throughout 2010 has been phenomenal and is a testament to the hard work and determination of our dedicated staff. We’ve had a number of challenges to face, but the strength of a company is better measured by how you face those challenges, not whether or not you had to face them. We’ve built a solid foundation for our future development and I am looking forward with confidence to the remainder of 2011 and the years to come.”
Established in March 2008, flydubai, Dubai’s first low cost airline, started operations on June 1st, 2009. Set up by the government of Dubai, flydubai is aimed at making travel a little less complex, a little less stressful and a little less expensive.
Based on a low cost business model, flydubai offers a value-for-money product at an extremely competitive price. Its website (www.flydubai.com) is an important interface for customers, together with a call centre (+9714 301 0800) and travel partners.