flydubai’s inaugural flight between Dubai and Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, touched down on 18.10.2012, marking the innovative low-cost airline’s 15th passenger route in Central & Eastern Europe.
Flight, FZ791, departed Dubai Terminal 2 at 0915hrs, landing at Skopje International Airport at 1240hrs local time where flydubai’s Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith, was greeted by the Minister for Transport and Communication, Mile Janakieski, and the Chief Operating Officer of TAV Holding, Murat Ornekol. Following a water canon salute on touchdown, Al Ghaith participated in a traditional bread and salt reception before the delegation hosted a press conference at the airport terminal.
During the press conference, flydubai’s CEO, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “More than 40 per cent of our route development this year has taken place in Central & Eastern Europe and with the addition of Skopje, we are connecting the UAE to another underserved market. This illustrates our commitment to this region, while also opening up opportunities for cooperation and collaboration with different nations.”
Mile Janakieski, Minister for Transport and Communication of the Republic of Macedonia, stated: “Low-cost airlines such as flydubai offer passengers affordable travel options and the regions in which they operate often experience rapid economic development. The inclusion of Skopje as a destination into flydubai’s network has great significance as these flights will not only connect Skopje to Dubai, but indirectly to more than 50 destinations around the world where the airline operates and beyond.”
“The launch of flights between Skopje and Dubai will have a positive effect on the Macedonian diaspora living in Australia. The time on board and the number of connecting flights to different airports will dramatically decrease. Macedonians living in Australia will be able to arrive in Skopje faster and easier. With this launch, Macedonian citizens and those of neighbouring countries will be able to fly directly to the UAE from Skopje’s Skopje International Airport,” said Murat Ornekol, Chief Operating Officer of TAV Holding, the company that manages Macedonian airports.
Skopje is the second addition to flydubai’s CIS and Central & Eastern European network in the month of October, following the start of flights to Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, on 1 October 2012. The airline now serves 15 destinations including: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and from the 18th of October, the Republic of Macedonia.
Flights to Skopje operate twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Flight FZ791 departs Dubai Terminal 2 at 0915hrs, landing at Skopje International Airport at 1240hrs local time. The return flight, FZ792, departs at 1325hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2035hrs local time.
All fares are inclusive of all taxes plus 20 kg checked baggage, one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 7 kg and one small laptop bag or handbag. Once on board, passengers can choose from a range of optional extras, including in-flight entertainment packages or select from the varied menu of refreshments and Duty Free items.