Fly Dubai has announced plans to move from their present 4 flights a week between Dubai and Juba to daily flights in 2014. The airline made the announcement at the end of the Dubai Air Show when giving an overview on their future route developments. The increase in flights is according to a source in Juba justified as many of the flights are sold out as a result of attractive prices and for offering nonstop flights to Dubai unlike other airlines. Juba was also among the first international routes where Fly Dubai offered their new premium business class, a novel approach for an otherwise LCC airline.
Fly Dubai during the Dubai Air Show placed orders with Boeing worth 11 billion US Dollars for up to 100 of the new generation B737Max as well as a further 11 B737-800NG’s. This year alone has Fly Dubai added 16 new destinations and as new aircraft are delivered additional frequencies and new destinations are served. Notably though is Dubai’s low cost airline only flying to Addis Ababa and Juba at present of all the possible East African destinations though usually well informed sources from civil aviation authorities in the region have reported that additional airports have apparently been researched by Fly Dubai. Only Air Arabia is presently serving Nairobi with daily flights of all the Gulf’s LCC’s, clearly leaving room for expansion.