Ever since passenger operations were grounded, Dubai-based carrier flydubai has focused its efforts on supporting government requests with repatriation flights and enabling the movement of essential goods across its network and beyond.

Starting March 24, 2020, the carrier has enabled the movement of more than 1,651,929 kgs of perishables, medical supplies, express courier and essential goods. flydubai Cargo operated 276 flights, to 26 countries, utilising six of the carrier’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft which have been allocated to operate as all-cargo flights. 

Hamad Obaidalla, chief commercial officer at flydubai, said, “Air cargo operations will continue to be our focus over the next few weeks. We have been working closely with our strategic partners enabling flydubai to transport cargo seamlessly to where it is needed the most, while adhering to the safety standards set by the industry and the World Health Organization (WHO).” 

flydubai Cargo is maximizing its cargo capacity by transporting goods in the cargo hold on repatriation flights as well. The carrier obtained government approvals to operate 90 special repatriation flights over the past few weeks.

More than 12,532 passengers were able to return to their homes across 19 countries thanks to the efforts and collaboration of embassies and government authorities. These repatriation flights have been operated to Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Croatia, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Somaliland, Sudan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.