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flydubai announces first Nordic route

A Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be used on the year-round, daily service. Emirates will codeshare.

The Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai has announced the launch of direct flights to Helsinki, to start from October 11.

Making the revelation yesterday at the start of the Arabian Travel Market now taking place in Dubai, the government-owned airline said that the route from Dubai International to Helsinki would be a daily service.

flydubai is the first UAE carrier to operate direct flights to Finland and the first airline to offer a year-round service between Dubai and Helsinki. It is its tenth destination it has announced this year.

flydubai’s network spans many parts of the Middle East but in Europe it includes 27 points in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine. This is its first in the Nordic region.

“We remain committed to opening up previously underserved markets and to providing more travel options to fly to Dubai and beyond,” Hamad Obaidalla, the airline’s chief commercial office, said.

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The carrier is participating at Arabian Travel Market for the eighth time, this time showcasing its new business and economy class products on board its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which will be deployed on the Helsinki route.

“We are confident that the high level of our service and the comfort of our new aircraft with a flat-bed in business class will make flights between Dubai and Helsinki a popular choice for passengers,” said Jeyhun Efendi, flydubai’s senior vice president for commercial operations.

Emirates will codeshare on the Helsinki route and passengers will be able to reach its hundreds of destinations around the world via Dubai.

Teemu Ahola from Visit Finland commented that he was “thrilled” about the route opening, adding that “last year the registered overnights from the UAE increased by 30% in Finland and we are hoping to break the record in 2018.”

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