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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Flydubai - Direct flight to Tbilisi from a low-cost operator

Flydubai, Dubai's pioneering low cost airline, celebrated the start of its operations to the 45th international destination on 4 November 2011, with the launch of direct flights to Tbilisi, Georgia. The inaugural flight represents a very important milestone in the development of relations between the two nations with Flydubai the first UAE airline to offer direct flights between the UAE and Georgia.

Flight FZ713 departs Dubai Terminal 2 at 11-45pm on Mondays and Fridays, landing in Tbilisi International Airport at 03-15am local time. The coming back flight FZ714 departs at 03-55am, arriving in Dubai at 07-20am.

Vera Kobalia, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development addressed the audience and talked about the importance of enlarging the Georgian air flight market in different destinations, "Georgia is becoming more and more attractive for foreign airlines and the interest from Arab airline to enter is another illustration. This flight will increase passenger flow between Georgia and the United Arab Emirates and have a positive impact on the trade and tourism cooperation between two countries."

Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, George Karbelashvili agreed that the new Dubai-Tbilisi operations will help encourage tourism and promote two-way trade links. "Dubai and Tbilisi share many core sectors of industry, which will benefit from the introduction of these direct flights. I see Flydubai as a key companion to help us promote our country to tourists and the business community in the UAE and wider Middle East looking to visit Central and Eastern Europe."

Mete Erkal the General Manager of TAV (Tbilisi International Airport operator), said, "I am delighted to greet Flydubai's first flight to Tbilisi. I am very confident about these flights that will help to increase the opportunities for trade and commerce between our two nations. I wish the flight operation of Flydubai between Tbilisi and the UAE great success."

Speaking at a press conference in Tbilisi, Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith mentioned, "I would like to thank the Georgian authorities for advancing a cordial welcome to Flydubai and for their strong support in establishing operations to Tbilisi. At Flydubai, we aim to link Dubai to growing countries and we are very enthusiastic about the route to Tbilisi - a capital steeped in history. In addition to advancing travel and tourism between our nations, we hope that these new routes will play a significant role in forging future collaborations in the various fields of common interest such as finance and real estate."