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Fly­dubai be­gins flights to 11 des­ti­na­tions from Ter­mi­nal 3

Ar­range­ment meant to im­prove con­nec­tion be­tween Emi­rates and Dubai’s bud­get car­rier

- BY CLEOFE MACEDA Se­nior Web Re­porter

Some flights op­er­ated by fly­dubai have moved into a new lo­ca­tion at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port — and this time, the bud­get car­rier will be co-shar­ing Ter­mi­nal 3, ded­i­cated to Emi­rates air­line.

Fly­dubai pas­sen­gers head­ing to at least 11 des­ti­na­tions in­clud­ing Bel­grade, Bishkek, Bucharest, Cata­nia, Helsinki, Krakow, Min­er­al­nye Vody, Prague, Ros­tov-on-Don, Salalah and Za­greb will now be tak­ing off from Ter­mi­nal 3. The air­line will con­tinue to op­er­ate all its re­main­ing flights from Ter­mi­nal 2.

The air­line con­firmed that since De­cem­ber 2 all the checkin coun­ters and board­ing gates for the flights have been op­er­at­ing from their new base. The new ar­range­ment is meant to im­prove con­nec­tions be­tween Emi­rates and fly­dubai.

“Pas­sen­gers booked to travel to these des­ti­na­tions will be able to check in for their flights at the busi­ness class and econ­omy class desks in the de­par­ture area of Ter­mi­nal 3,” fly­dubai said in a state­ment.

“Busi­ness class pas­sen­gers will be able to use fast track on the ground and en­joy other busi­ness class ser­vices, while tran­sit­ing pas­sen­gers will have a smooth and quick tran­sit time.”

Ded­i­cated to long-haul car­rier Emi­rates, Ter­mi­nal 3 is part of a multi-bil­lion-dol­lar ex­pan­sion project of Dubai’s main avi­a­tion hub.

The fly­dubai flights that are now tak­ing off from Ter­mi­nal 3 pre­vi­ously op­er­ated from Ter­mi­nal 2. Both air­lines an­nounced in July 2017 that they were join­ing hands through a code­share deal in or­der to scale up op­er­a­tions and ac­cel­er­ate growth.

Un­der the part­ner­ship, both air­lines con­tinue to be man­aged in­de­pen­dently, but the new tieup has al­lowed pas­sen­gers to en­joy more re­wards and have ac­cess to more des­ti­na­tions.

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