Coronavirus: FlyDubai suspends all flights starting March 26, 2020
Following the announcement by the National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), flydubai will suspend its flights from Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 23:59 pm (UAE time) until Thursday, April 09, 2020, 23:59 pm (UAE), as part of the preventive measures implemented against the spread of COVID-19.
Until the entry into force of the flight suspension, flydubai will continue to operate the following frequencies:
Bucharest (OTP): the next flight on March 24th
Kabul (KBL): next flight on March 24
Makhachkala (MCX): next flight on March 24
Nur-Sultan (TSE): next flight on March 24
Vnukovo (VKO): next flight on March 24
FlyDubai suspends all flights
In accordance with international best practices, flydubai has temporarily closed its business lounge at Terminal 2 - Dubai International (DXB). Business Class flydubai passengers will have access to the Marhaba Lounge at Terminal 2, Dubai International.
Depending on market requirements, flyDubai will operate cargo flights. The first cargo flight was operated last week to Kuwait. There is a high demand worldwide, and the airline is working on expanding freight operations.
Flydubai has taken many steps to withstand this period of global crisis. Flydubai has already established processes and procedures for remote operation. According to the Government guidelines, the workforce was allocated to teams, which moved to different offices in order to continue to support operations.
In addition, a number of employees work remotely from their homes. Investments have been made in the technologies needed for remote work.
In addition to investing in technology, flydubai will retain the entire fleet on the ground and will be split between the two bases: Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International (DWC). Airplanes need regular maintenance while they are on the ground.
With the 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft stranded on the ground, flydubai already has an extensive engineering and maintenance program that involved 18 hours per week aircraft. With the announcement of flight restrictions, the engineering and maintenance program will be extended to the entire fleet of 42 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft.