flydubai is to expand its network in Africa with
flights to Djibouti from 1 September 2009.
The new service, FZ601, will operate three
times per week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing
Dubai at 08:00 and arriving in Djibouti at 10:15 local time. The
return flight, FZ602, will leave 45 minutes later at 11:00 and
arrive back in Dubai at 15:15 local time.
One way fares to
Djibouti from Dubai will cost from AED 650, including all taxes
and one piece of hand baggage weighing up to 10 kg.
Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said, “Djibouti is
an important trading destination with established commercial links
with Dubai, most notably through DP World, which operates the Port
“There are very few direct flights from
Djibouti to Dubai, so we anticipate strong demand for the flydubai
service from both the business and leisure markets.”
population of just half a million people, Djibouti is roughly half
the size of Abu Dhabi, with a land mass of 23,000 km2 encompassing
desert, highlands and plateaus. Djibouti is a republic which was
formed in 1977, when the country gained independence from France.
The national languages are Arabic and French.
Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, Djibouti has a long history as a
trading port and is strategically located on the Gulf of Aden.
Although it is not well known as a tourist destination,
Djibouti has much to offer the leisure traveller. Scuba
enthusiasts can explore the pristine marine life, with trips to
remote offshore islands and reefs. Deep sea fishing is popular,
with catches regularly including swordfish and marlin.
based adventures include an off-road excursion to Lake Assal, the
world’s third largest salt water lake and Africa’s lowest point at
150 metres below sea level, or a picnic by Lake Abbe, one of the
region’s largest flamingo colonies.
flydubai passengers have the option to
purchase checked-in baggage in advance at just AED 40 for the
first piece and AED 100 for the second, weighing up to 32 kg,
subject to availability. Checked baggage at the airport is also
strictly subject to availability and passengers are advised to
book online early to secure the space, as only pre-purchased
baggage can be guaranteed.
A nominal payment of AED 5
allows customers to select their seat and just AED 50 secures the
extra legroom positions. Bookings can be changed for a small fee,
plus any difference in the fare, and food and drink can be
purchased on board.
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