Georgia’s Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development gives flydubai official seal of approval
Low cost carrier announces Tbilisi as latest destination as it expands across Central and Eastern Europe
UAE, 12 September 2011: Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, has been named as the 45th destination of flydubai, Dubai’s pioneering low-cost carrier. The only airline to offer direct flights from the UAE to Tbilisi, flydubai received an official seal of approval from the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, George Karbelashvili, who hailed the entry of flydubai into Georgia as an important milestone in the development of relations between the two nations.
On his official visit to the UAE and accompanied by Georgian state television, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, George Karbelashvili, commented: “flydubai’s entry into Georgia is a momentous step in UAE-Georgia relations and I am sure flydubai’s connection between Tbilisi and Dubai will help to establish and strengthen ties between the countries. We have a number of common areas of interest such as banking, real estate, oil and gas and tourism; and this is the opportunity to step-up collaboration in these sectors while exploring new relationship avenues.”
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai said: “We are grateful to the Georgian authorities for welcoming flydubai into Tbilisi. As Georgia’s largest city as well as its industrial, social, and cultural centre, Tbilisi is gaining prominence in the Middle East both as a business and leisure destination. Also, improving air links between Dubai to Central and Eastern Europe is of great strategic importance to us. There are more than 55,000 expatriates from this region residing in the UAE and more than a million tourists visiting the emirates every year. We hope our network of direct flights will play a part in making travel between the UAE and Central and Eastern Europe easier and more affordable.”
Located at the crossroads of West Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia has one of the strongest and fastest developing economies in the region and in recent years has made foreign investment more attractive through reduced regulation and taxes. It is also one of the members of the GUAM Organisation for Democracy and Economic Development along with Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova.
flydubai currently operates five routes to former Soviet states, namely: Yerevan (Armenia) Baku (Azerbaijan), Yekaterinburg and Samara (Russia) and Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). In addition, flydubai will be launching two additional routes to Russia with flights to Kazan beginning 14 September 2011, and flights to Ufa beginning 17 September 2011. The airline’s flights to Ukraine will take off to Kiev and Kharkiv from 16 September 2011 and to Donetsk from 17 September 2011.
Flights to Tbilisi will operate twice-a-week and will commence on 4 November 2011. FZ713 to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 2345hrs, landing in Tbilisi International Airport at 0315hrs local time. The return flight FZ714 departs at 0400hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0720hrs.
Roundtrip fares for the Dubai-Tbilisi flight start at AED 990 ($270). Fares include one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and one small laptop bag or hand bag. Checked baggage starts at AED 50 ($14) for 20kgs. A seat with extra legroom costs AED100 ($28) extra.
Flights between Dubai and Tbilisi can be purchased from flydubai’s website (www.flydubai.com), its call centre (+9714 301 0800) and through travel partners.
Picture One: Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, George Karbelashvili with flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith
Picture Two: Georgian delegates and flydubai officials with Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, George Karbelashvili with flydubai CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith
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 39 destinations across GCC, Middle East, North Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Asia and the fringes of Europe and has built up a fleet of 19 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.
For more information about flydubai services, please visit www.flydubai.com or contact the call centre (+9714 301 0800) or travel partners.