After it made the highest profit in its history last year
flydubai expects growth in 2023 profits. and receives 17 new aircraft
The airline ended 2022 with a fleet of 74 aircraft. Archival
Ghaith Al Ghaith: "What distinguishes flydubai is that it has started connecting the UAE and Dubai with lines and areas with which there was no direct connection in the past."
flydubai Chief Executive Ghaith Al Ghaith said that the airline is expected to continue its growth momentum this year and next, as demand continues to be on Dubai and the UAE as a prominent global destination for business and tourism, and the company is expected to achieve growth in its profits this year, compared to the levels achieved by the airline last year, which amounted to about AED 1.2 billion, the highest in the history of the company since the start of operations.
Al Ghaith added that the airline aims to receive 17 new aircraft this year, as part of supporting its growth plans and expanding its network of operations as it seeks to open more new destinations, including seasonal terminals, to keep pace with demand during specific periods last year.
Al Ghaith explained that the airline's fleet recorded a growth of 25% during the past year, compared to 2021, as the company ended 2022 with a fleet of 74 aircraft, including 32 new generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft, 39 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and three Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft.
He added that the airline launched 16 destinations, bringing the total number of destinations on the airline's network to 114 by the end of last year, stressing the airline's commitment to enhancing air connectivity with direct flights to and from unserved markets to and from Dubai.
"What distinguishes flydubai in general is that it has started connecting the UAE and Dubai with lines and areas with which there was no direct connection in the past," he said.
Since its inception, the airline has built a strong network across the GCC, Middle East, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe, and opened up new markets that have previously missed regular direct flights from the UAE.
Al Ghaith said that the financial results announced by the airline recently came in light of the appropriate environment provided by the government to enable the aviation sector and achieve prosperity, pointing out that the continuous development of infrastructure and tourism and logistics facilities associated with it, contributed to enhancing this environment.
He said that the UAE, through its successful management of the Covid-19 crisis, has achieved great resilience at various levels, and a balance between maintaining the safety of community members, returning to normal life and resuming economic activities.
Al Ghaith explained that the company continued its efforts during the pandemic, to be fully prepared to deal with the expected demand after the opening of the markets, including its human cadres, pointing out that the effective management of the pandemic was a major reason for the rapid recovery of various economic sectors, including aviation and travel.
Al Ghaith pointed out that the aviation and tourism sector will be a key part of Dubai's Economic Agenda (D33), which aims to double the size of Dubai's economy over the next decade.
The biggest recruitment campaign
flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said that the airline is ready to deal with the increasing demand in the coming period, pointing out that the airline received 17 new aircraft in 2022, the highest number of aircraft received in one year, adding that to support and keep pace with the expected demand, 1300,80 employees joined flydubai during the past year, <>% of whom were cabin crew, engineers or pilots, in the largest recruitment campaign ever carried out by the airline in one year.