Feb 01 2012
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flydubai bolsters presence in Saudi Arabia
Taif has been named as flydubai's seventh destination in Saudi Arabia as part of the airline's strategy to connect the UAE to destinations previously under-served by direct air links, said the airline's chief executive Ghaith al Ghaith.
"By continuing to identify emerging cities such as Taif, we hope to continue promoting new avenues for trade and commercial ties across our network," he said.
Situated 1,700m above sea level in Hejaz province, Taif is a local beauty and holiday spot thanks to its temperate climate and beautiful scenery. With tree-lined streets, large souks and almost 3,000 gardens, the city is reportedly gaining prominence around the region as an alternative short-holiday destination. Located less than 100km by road from Makkah, Taif is also an alternative gateway for travellers to the holy city.
The airline now flies twice daily to Damman and Riyadh following increasing demand for flights between Dubai and two of Saudi Arabia's main business hubs.
Flights to Taif will operate three times a week and will commence on 1 February. FZ875 is scheduled to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 1925hrs, landing in Taif Regional Airport at 2130hrs local time. The return flight, FZ876, departs at 2230hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0220hrs the next day.
The airline, meanwhile, named Bishkek as its 50th destination, marking its entry into the Kyrgyz Republic.
The service, which is due to begin on 7 February, makes flydubai the first UAE airline to offer direct flights to Kyrgyz Republic.
Flights will operate twice a week, departing Dubai on Tuesdays and Fridays, with flights from Bishkek to Dubai leaving on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
© The Gulf 2012
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