Low cost carrier flydubai has celebrated its 15th anniversary of operations.

Having launched in June 2009, the airline now serves more than 125 destinations in 58 countries across Africa, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Central and South-East Europe, the GCC and the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and South-East Asia with a fleet of 87 Boeing 737 aircraft.

It has now carried more than 100 million passengers since its birth while the airline has also focused on meeting the demands of ill-served markets, more than 90  of the new routes it launched did not previously have direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from Dubai.

Flydubai chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Today, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of flydubai, I would like to congratulate the team at flydubai on the success they have achieved since their inaugural flight to Beirut on 01 June 2009.

“Flydubai has been inspired by the success and ambition of Dubai, which has been and continues to be a key contributor to the success of the airline.

“The vision of the leadership of the UAE has been a guiding principle; enabling the airline to grow, expand and adapt to the changing market requirements and further support trade and tourism.

“Flydubai has become a key player in the aviation industry in the UAE and in the region, and a major contributor to Dubai’s socio-economic development.

“Looking to the future, I am confident of the further growth and success of the airline in line with Dubai Government’s efforts to further enhance Dubai’s position as a leading global aviation hub.”Subscribe to the FINN weekly newsletter

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