flydubai’s first flight to Tirana touched down in the Albanian capital marking the start of service from Dubai.
The aircraft departed Dubai International (DXB) at 09:44 and arrived in Tirana International Airport (TIA) at 13:46 local time. The flight was welcomed on arrival by a ceremonial water cannon salute and representatives from the airport and Albanian government officials.
flydubai will serve this route with twice weekly flights, on Thursdays and Sundays. With the introduction of the new service, flydubai is the first airline to provide direct airlinks from the United Arab Emirates to Albania.
Commenting on the start of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “we are pleased to be the first UAE-based airline to operate direct flights between Dubai and Tirana. We hope these direct airlinks support trade and tourism between the two countries in the future as travel restrictions begin to ease. We look forward to seeing demand grow on this route and to increasing the frequency of our flights.”
During the ceremony, the Chief Operation Officer of Tirana International Airport Mr. Volker Wendefeuer stated: “we have worked intensively for this route and we are happy to connect two countries with great potential for growth in the economic and tourism sectors. I wish flydubai a great beginning here and a lot of success for all the parties that have been involved in completing this grand project.”
Emirates will codeshare on this route offering travellers more seamless connections through Dubai’s international aviation hub to 155 destinations between both the Emirates and flydubai networks including Australia, China, Indian Ocean, Japan and South Asia.
flydubai’s passenger experience has been redesigned to enable travel in a safe environment that minimises crew and passenger contact and offers passengers confidence to travel at every step of their journey. The airline has recently introduced an extended multi-risk travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover to offer passengers greater peace of mind when travelling.