Flydubai is launching four-times-weekly service to Asmara, the capital of the northeastern African nation of Eritrea, on October 25.
The service will represent the first direct link between Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates, according to the airline.
Flydubai’s outbound flight FZ665 from Dubai to Asmara, and the return flight FZ666, will operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The carrier’s Economy Class return fares to Asmara will start at AED1,950 ($578), including a baggage allowance of seven kilograms (15lb) of hand baggage and 20kg (44lb) of checked baggage.
Flydubai’s Business Class return fares on the Dubai-Asmara route will start at AED4,800 ($1,306.50) and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg (44lb) OF checked baggage.
Flights between Dubai and Asmara can be purchased from www.flydubai.com, flydubai’s Contact Centre at +971 600 544 445, flydubai Travel Shops and through travel agents.
Asmara will be the second new African destination added by flydubai this year after Hargeisa, the capital of the Somililand autnomous region of Somalia, which the airline began serving in June.
“Adding to our recent operations to Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Somaliland, we are delighted to add a direct link between the UAE and another emerging market with great potential for more growth,” says Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai.
“Asmara becomes the 18th destination to join our network this year,” adds Al Ghaith.
Flydubai launched its first African route, to Djibouti, in 2009 and followed this with its second, to Addis Ababa, in 2011.
Last year, the airline added six new routes to its network, including routes linking Dubai with Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.
With the addition of Asmara, flydubai will operate 60 flights a week to 13 destinations in Africa.
Since launching operations in 2009, flydubai has created a route network of more than 90 destinations, announcing 18 new routes in 2015.
The carrier has launched routes to 57 destinations that did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.
Since 2009, Flydubai has taken delivery of 49 new aircraft, all of which are Boeing 737-800s, and will take delivery of 11 more.
The Dubai-based airline has already placed firm orders for 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s.
It plans to be operating more than 100 aircraft by the end of 2023, all of which will be of the Boeing 737 family.