Dubai’s low cost carrier ‘flydubai’ has got government of India’s aviation controller body DGCA’s approval to start once-a-week flight between Dubai and Ahmedabad starting June 11, according to PTI report.The airline has communicated that it is likely to start operations from July 11 from Sardar Vallabhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport.
The flights will depart every Saturday from Dubai and on Sunday from Ahmedabad. As per the approved schedule, flight will depart from Dubai at 2210 hrs local time every Saturday and arrive at SVPI at 0250 hrs at Ahmedabad. It will depart from Ahmedabad on every Sunday at 0335 hrs and arrive at Dubai at 0505 hrs on the same day, according to an AAI official.
“The airline official has said that they are likely to commence their operations at SVPI Airport, Ahmedabad from July 11,” airport director Anuj Aggarwal told PTI.
Ahmedabad will be Flydubai’s 38th destination and third city in India after Lucknow and Hyderabad.
The airliner has proposed to use Boeing B-737-800 with seating capacity of 189 passengers, all in economy class, and cargo load of 2,500 kg.
The new launch is targeted to provide low-cost connectivity to the Indians living in the UAE.
Presently Air Arabia, Qatar, Emirates and Air India operate flights connecting Gujarat with middle east. Of these airlines Air Arabia is considered as low-cost option.
Dubai route fetches good traffic because further connectivity to anywhere in west is very well available from Dubai.
Rather than Delhi or Mumbai, nowadays many Gujaratis settled in west prefer to select Dubai as a hub through Emirates or any other carrier.
It’s worth noting that FlyDubai is first international flight announced after new swanky international terminal of Ahmedabad’s Sardar Patel airport is opened. However as Dubai is already directly connected with Ahmedabad through other operators, there’s little excitement about FlyDubai’s announcement. Ahmedabad is presently not directly connected to any city in Europe, Africa, Australia or America. Most of the direct flights are connected with middle east and south east Asian countries.