Low-cost airline flydubai is to start daily flights between Dubai and Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, on Sunday, November 8.
Khartoum will be fast-growing flydubai’s eighth destination. The city, which sits at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, has a rapidly growing economy. Well-known for its oil trade, Sudan also boasts growing industries in printing, glass manufacturing, food processing and textiles.
At a distance of 1,600 miles, the Dubai-Khartoum flight will be the longest in flydubai’s network, but the airline is keeping fares low with prices starting from AED 325 (US$88.50) one way, which includes all taxes and one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 10kg. Tickets for the new service are now available for purchase from flydubai.com, the airline’s call centre at +971-4-301-0800 and travel agents.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, says that with its new Dubai-Khartoum schedule the airline is meeting the demand of another under-serviced route.
“Sudan is a country with a tremendous potential for economic development and financial growth. The country is working hard to ensure there are significant business opportunities which are attractive to businessmen in the UAE and further afield,” says Al Ghaith.
“When you combine that with the existing demand from the many thousands of Sudanese residents in the UAE, it is easy to see why flydubai is excited about the prospects for this route,” adds Al Ghaith. “Flydubai is playing the role of a pioneer in the low cost sector and our goal is to make these significant, but under-represented destinations available, accessible and affordable.”
Flydubai says the route also offers new opportunities for the tens of thousands of Sudanese expatriates working in Dubai to meet with family and friends more often.
The daily flight FZ631 will leave Dubai International Airport (DXB) Terminal 2 at 6:45 p.m. local time, arriving at Khartoum International Airport (KRT) after a 4hr 5min flight at 9:50 p.m.local time. The flight from Khartoum to DXB, FZ632, will leave Khartoum at 10:35 p.m., arriving at DXB the following day at 3:40 a.m. local time.
The other seven routes in flydubai’s growing network link Dubai with Beirut in Lebanon; Amman in Jordan; Damascus and Aleppo in Syria; Alexandria in Egypt; Djibouti in Djibouti, Africa; and Doha in Qatar. The airline now has a fleet of five Boeing 737-800s, after its fifth was delivered as scheduled in mid-October. Flydubai is due to receive its sixth new 737-800 in December.
Flydubai operates from the modernised and enhanced Terminal 2 on the north side of Dubai International Airport.