Flydubai is set to launch flights to Grozny, becoming the first UAE airline to offer direct routes to the capital of the Chechen Republic.
Flights to the republic, which forms part of the Russian Federation, will begin on Thursday, December 17, and operate twice a week.
“Since commencing operations in 2009, we have been committed to opening up new routes to previously underserved markets to offer more people the opportunity to travel more often," says Ghaith Al Ghaith, the Dubai airline's chief executive.
"As we continue to see more countries lifting restrictions on international travel and expect the demand for travel to increase during the winter holiday season, we are pleased to announce the start of flights to Grozny.”
FZ 987 will depart Dubai International Airport's Terminal 2 at 10.40pm and arrive at Grozny Airport at 1.25am (local time) the following day. The return leg, FZ 988, will depart Grozny at 2.25am local time, landing in Dubai at 7.10am.
Return economy class fares from Dubai start from Dh1,975, while business class seat start from Dh5,315. Emirates will also codeshare on this route.
Grozny, which is located on the Sunzha River, has a number of landmarks, such as the Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, known as the Heart of Chechnya, and the National Museum of the Chechen Republic.
Flydubai recently became the first UAE airline to operate passenger flights direct from Dubai to Tel Aviv. As of November 26, the airline flies twice daily to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport from Dubai International Airport.