Flydubai is doubling its flights to Russia in response to a surge in demand for travel from the country.
Traffic from Russia to Dubai jumped 97% in the first half of 2017, according to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. Growth has been helped by a surge in the value of the Russian Ruble which has appreciated 41 percent to the dollar since it fell to historic lows in January 2016.
An increase in tourists also comes after the UAE made changes to visa requirements enabling Russian passengers to get a free 30-day visa on arrival to the country.
From the end of October, Flydubai will operate 40 weekly flights to 10 points in Russia, an increase from 20 flights per week and add three more destinations to its Russian network by the end of the year.
“We are pleased to increase our services to Russia as Dubai increases in popularity among Russian travellers. Since 2010, flydubai has been committed to connecting previously underserved points in Russia with Dubai. With three more routes and our additional flights, we look forward to offering tourists from Russia more choice and flexibility when travelling to Dubai," says Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) at Flydubai.