Flydubai welcomes its first tourists arriving in Dubai

Dubai started to welcome tourists from July 7 with Covid-19 safety protocols


Dubai-based airline flydubai has begun welcoming tourists to Dubai following the lifting of flight restrictions that were put in place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On July 8, flydubai flight FZ 728 from Kiev's Boryspil International Airport (KBP) arrived at Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB) at 9:45pm. Onboard the flight were 7 Business Class passengers and 159 Economy Class passengers who were welcomed on arrival from representatives from the airline, Dubai Airports, Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) and other key stakeholders, a statement issued on Thursday said.

Amongst the passengers were 25 tourists who chose Dubai as their first holiday destination.

Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer of flydubai, said: "one of my favourite aspects about flydubai is that we have the opportunity to enable people from around the network to experience our home, and we are delighted to welcome the first tourists to Dubai.

As more airports around our network begin to lift flight restrictions, we look forward to seeing our network grow to 66 destinations over the summer period. We have been hard at work to redesign our passenger journey in order to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid-19. These efforts are aligned to the stringent public health and safety measures that are in place to ensure that visitors feel safe when they arrive in Dubai."

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: "The overall destination experience is our top-most priority, and together with flydubai, are ensuring that the health and safety of visitors is present at every step of the travel process. As Dubai continues to feature as a must-visit destination, we want to assure our visitors that the city is safe and we are very excited to welcome international visitors back."

Flydubai opened for sale on June 24 and within this short period bookings were being made and yesterday the first tourists were welcomed on their arrival at Dubai International (DXB) at the start of their holiday.

In-flight Covid safety measures

Flydubai's passenger experience has been redesigned to enable travel in a safe environment that minimises crew and passenger contact. Every passenger will receive a complimentary snack or meal onboard. During a flight, air is exchanged in the cabin every two to three minutes and is sterile when it enters the cabin after passing through high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters. Flydubai's aircraft are disinfected every day with manufacturer-certified cleaning products.

The airline offers the flexibility to make a change to the date of travel, rebook to another flight or destination without any penalties. Any differences in fare may apply and tickets are subject to flydubai's terms and conditions.

Flydubai has announced that flights are available to be booked on, initially up to 24 destinations around its network. Destinations and flight frequencies will continue to be added to the schedule over the summer. flydubai is operating to the following destinations, subject to government approvals:
Addis Ababa (ADD), Almaty (ALA), Alexandria (HBE), Amman (AMM), Baku (GYD), Beirut (BEY), Belgrade (BEG), Bucharest (OTP), Dar es Salaam (DAR), Dubrovnik (DBV), Juba (JUB), Kabul (KBL), Khartoum (KRT), Kiev (KBP), Krakow (KRK), Kuwait (KWI), Nur-Sultan (NQZ), Sarajevo (SJJ), Sofia (SOF), Tbilisi (TBS), Yerevan (EVN) and Zanzibar (ZNZ).

Passengers are required to make sure that they are up to date with the regulations from the IATA Travel Centre for their whole journey.

International travelers planning their trip to Dubai are bound by new travel protocols and clear steps to ensure a safe trip. Ahead of landing in Dubai, visitors must take a PCR test up to four days (96 hours) prior to their date of travel, or if this has not been done, a PCR test will be carried out upon arrival at Dubai airports.

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