Flydubai announced the resumption of Kyiv on Wednesday as well as the arrival of tourists in Dubai as the city reopens to travelers. Yesterday, Flydubai flight FZ 727 departed Dubai International Airport at 9:20 AM and arrived at Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport at 2:10 PM.
In a series of announcements on Thursday, flydubai celebrated a pair of firsts including the resumption of flights to Kyiv and the arrival of their first guests back to Dubai as the city reopens to travelers. Flydubai flight FZ 727 departed Dubai International Airport (DXB) with 12 Business and 155 Economy Class guests at 9:20 AM local time. Upon arrival at Kyiv’s Boryspil Airport (KBP) at 2:10 PM, the flight was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute from the airport’s aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) team. In today’s announcement, flydubai’s Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations, Jeyhun Efendi, said in part,
“We would like to thank the authorities and members of the travel industry for their involvement in supporting the resumption of our scheduled flights to Kyiv. These combined efforts have enabled Kyiv to be one of the first destinations to open on our network and we look forward to bringing more passengers to Ukraine.”
In a separate announcement on Thursday, flydubai also welcomed their first guests back to Dubai, as the city reopens to travelers. Flight FZ 720 departed Kyiv on Wednesday and arrived at Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 2 at 9:45 PM local time. The return flight to Dubai carried seven Business and 159 Economy Class guests who were welcomed by representatives of the airline, Dubai Airports, Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTM) and other key stakeholders. The flight also included 25 tourists who selected Dubai as their first holiday destination after lockdown. Regarding flydubai’s return flight to Dubai, the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, Hamad Obaidalla 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 minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. These efforts are aligned with the stringent public health and safety measures that are in place to ensure that visitors feel safe when they arrive in Dubai.”
Flydubai has redesigned the passenger experience to enable travel in a safe environment while minimizing contact. The carrier’s aircraft have all been fitted with hospital operating theater grade HEPA filters which remove over 99 percent of airborne particulates, including viruses, while the air is recycled every 2-3 minutes. Flydubai’s aircraft are also disinfected each day with manufacturer-certified cleaning products.
This summer, flydubai will continue to add destinations and frequencies to their flight schedule (subject to government approvals) including service to Addis Ababa, Almaty, Alexandria, Amman, Baku, Beirut, Belgrade, Bucharest, Dar es Salaam, Dubrovnik, Juba, Kabul, Khartoum, Kyiv, Krakow, Kuwait, Nur-Sultan, Sarajevo, Sofia, Tbilisi, Yerevan and Zanzibar.
Flydubai reminds guests to stay up to date with various regulations throughout their travel itinerary by visiting the ‘Travel Center’ pages on the website for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). International visitors to Dubai must also take a PCR test for COVID-19 up to four days prior to their date of travel. Otherwise, as PCR test will be carried out at Dubai airports. Travelers will also be required to complete a health declaration form and must carry international travel insurance covering COVID-19 for the duration of their visit to Dubai.