flydubai to focus on cargo while GCAA flight ban remains in force

Dubai-based carrier is also helping schedule various repatriation flights


Dubai-based low-cost carrier Flydubai is focusing its efforts on cargo operations, while also assisting with the repatriation of citizens across the world.

Passenger flights from the UAE have been suspended from March 24 by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), as part of precautionary measures to stop the spread of Covid-19. That ban will not be lifted until June 4 at the earliest.

However, Flydubai has continued to operate and has moved more than 1,651,929kg of perishables, medical supplies, express courier and essential goods.

Flydubai Cargo operated 276 flights, to 26 countries, using six of the carrier’s Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, allocated to operate as all-cargo flights.

Hamad Obaidalla, chief commercial officer at Flydubai, said: “Air cargo operations will continue to be our focus over the next few weeks. We have been working closely with our strategic partners enabling Flydubai to transport cargo seamlessly to where it is needed the most, while adhering to the safety standards set by the industry and the World Health Organisation (WHO).” 

The carrier has also obtained government approvals to operate 90 special repatriation flights over the past few weeks.

More than 12,532 passengers were able to return to their homes across 19 countries thanks to the efforts and collaboration of embassies and government authorities.

These repatriation flights operated to: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Croatia, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Somaliland, Sudan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Flydubai received over 187,000 enquiries about repatriation flights since March and has allocated a dedicated team to support with customer care.

Source: Arabian Business

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