More than 130,000 football fans flew from Dubai to Doha during the World Cup

More than 130,000 football fans flew from Dubai to Doha during the World Cup

Passengers were a mix of 171 nationalities

Dubai-based flydubai announced today that it operated 1,290 Match Day Shuttle flights between Dubai World Central (DWC) and Doha International Airport (DIA) during the FIFA World Cup, from 21 November until 19 December 2022. 

The carrier enabled more than 130,000 football fans – representing 171 nationalities – to travel to Doha. 

The top 10 nationalities made up to 60% of the overall number of passengers travelling on these shuttle flights and their countries of origin were:

  1. UK
  2. India
  3. UAE
  4. France
  5. Argentina
  6. USA
  7. Morocco
  8. Jordan
  9. Canada
  10. Brazil

Flydubai operated up to 30 daily Match Day Shuttle return flights between DWC and DIA, with a shuttle flight departing every 30 minutes during peak travel periods. These flights were operated by seven Boeing 737 aircraft, temporarily deployed at DWC for the duration of the tournament. 

Commenting on the success of the operations, Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer at Flydubai, said: “Never before has there been up to 30 daily return flights between two countries in the region and this shows the high level of commitment, efficiency and collaborative approach required to successfully deliver this task.”

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“It has been an exciting month and we're proud to have contributed to the success of this exceptional world cup in Qatar. We would like to thank every passenger who chose to Flydubai as well as everyone who worked hard to make this a reality."

Concluding their involvement, Flydubai unveiled a special football-themed livery on two of its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, celebrating the win of the Argentina national football team.

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