Flydubai launches flights to Kazakhstan


The twice-weekly service will commence on 28 February

Dubai-based low cost carrier Flydubai has announced the resumption of flights to Shymkent International Airport (CIT) from 28 February 2023.

Shymkent is Flydubai’s third destination in Kazakhstan after Almaty and the capital, Astana. After Almaty and Astana, Shymkent is the third largest city in Kazakhstan and is a major cultural centre that features bustling bazaars, ancient architecture and natural scenery.

Flights between Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB) and Shymkent International Airport (CIT) will operate twice a week. Flights will depart Dubai on Tuesday at 21:10 and Friday at 22:20, returning the following day on Wednesday at 05:40 and Saturday at 06:50.

Emirates will codeshare on this route offering passengers more options to travel through Dubai’s international aviation hub.

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Flydubai chief executive officer said: “Kazakhstan has long been an important market since we first launched operations to Almaty in 2014. In 2022, we carried almost 300,000 passengers between the UAE and Kazakhstan, an increased figure of 145% compared to 2019, and we look forward to strengthening trade and cultural relations with the start of flights to Shymkent.”

Flydubai senior vice president, Commercial Operations and E-commerce, Jeyhun Efendi added: “We're excited to see our network grow in Kazakhstan with Shymkent as our third destination, which will serve a total frequency of 22 weekly flights. This frequency will increase to 26 weekly flights from February and will offer our customers in Kazakhstan more convenient and reliable options to explore the UAE and beyond."

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