New Route of the Day (24 September 2021): flydubai between Dubai DXB and Ljubljana
On 24 September, flydubai began 3-weekly service on the 4,300-kilometre route between Dubai DXB and Ljubljana in Slovenia. The inaugural service (flight number FZ 1789 operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8, registration A6-FMD) departed Dubai DXB at 10:18 and touched down in Ljubljana five hours and 54 minutes later at 14:12 local time. The return flight (FZ 1790) departed the Slovenian capital at 15:34 and landed back in the UAE five hours and 20 minutes later at 22:54 local time, according to flightradar24.com. Flights are set to operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. This is the first time that Ljubljana and Dubai have been connected with a non-stop service.
What they said
Zmago Skobir, Chief Managing Director of Fraport Slovenija, said: “I am extremely happy because after many years of efforts, today we are welcoming flydubai for the first time here at Ljubljana Airport. We believe it will have a significant impact on the competitiveness of our airport. The new connection is very attractive for Slovenian passengers, and we are convinced that it will also attract passengers from the wider region. Furthermore, we are looking forward to many guests from the UAE, for whom our beautiful country can be an attractive holiday destination all year round. New flights coincide with the opening of a new passenger terminal, which gives additional impetus to the traffic recovery, affected by the epidemic.”
Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: “We are excited to see our network in Europe grow to 20 points in 17 countries, many of which had very few or no direct links to the UAE. flydubai’s direct flights to Ljubljana will strengthen the ties between our two countries and help stimulate tourism, trade and investment opportunities in the future. We look forward to welcoming on board our passengers from Slovenia, especially as our city gets ready to welcome the world as Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors to visitors from beginning of October.”