flydubai, Dubai’s pioneering low cost airline, has announced flights to its 44th destination - the world’s third fastest growing city, Ahmedabad...
Low cost airline announces flights to third Indian city, Ahmedabad
Dubai, UAE: flydubai, Dubai's pioneering low cost airline, has announced flights to its 44th destination - the world's third fastest growing city, Ahmedabad.*
Flights to India's seventh largest city will operate weekly on Saturdays from 27 August 2011. Flights from Dubai will cost from AED 550 one way. Flights from Ahmedabad to Dubai will start at AED 620.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: "Ahmedabad is the former capital and largest city in Gujarat and I am delighted to be able to announce today that it will become the third Indian city on flydubai's rapidly expanding network.
"The growing Indian expatriate population in the UAE and the increasing reliance our two nations have on each other for our economic growth and development, makes the introduction of quality, affordable direct flights between the UAE and India's numerous secondary airports very important.
"I would like to thank the Indian authorities for granting us the permission to fly to this exciting destination. flydubai looks forward to extending a very warm welcome to the passengers travelling between Ahmedabad and Dubai and we look forward to being able to extend our service to other Indian cities in the future."
The site of Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram and the base of India's independence movement, the 600-year old city has always been of national and international significance. In recent years, Ahmedabad has also become prominent as a seat of academia, attracting scholars and experts from around the globe to institutions like the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), National Institute of Design and the Indian Space Research Organisation. With the UAE's increasing focus on knowledge based industries, the new routes will support joint-ventures in areas like space, design, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and bio-technology.
Ahmedabad also has a strong sporting pedigree, with some matches from this year's Cricket World Cup being played in the city's Sardar Patel Stadium.
FZ437 to depart Dubai Terminal 2 at 2210hrs, landing in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at 0250hrs local time. The return flight FZ438 will depart at 0335hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0505hrs.
A one-way fare to Ahmedabad from Dubai starts at AED 550, and includes one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7kg and one small laptop bag or hand bag. Fares from Ahmedabad to Dubai are priced from AED 620. Checked baggage starts at AED 50 for 20kgs. A seat with extra legroom costs AED 100.
Flights between Dubai and Ahmedabad can be purchased from flydubai's website (www.flydubai.com), its call centre (+9714 301 0800) and through travel partners.
*Forbes magazine 2010.
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