Airline FlyDubai hits record profits of more than £450m

22 February 2024, 10:34

FlyDubai plane
Emirates Earns FlyDubai. Picture: PA

It also carried 13.8 million passengers last year, beating its prior pre-pandemic record of 11 million.

The Dubai-based budget carrier FlyDubai saw record profits of 572 million US dollars (£451 million) in 2023, boosted by carrying the most passengers ever across its network, the company has announced.

The state-owned carrier, based in the business and tourism hub of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, reported revenue of three billion dollars (£2.36 billion), compared to 2.5 billion dollars (£1.97 billion) the year before.

It also carried 13.8 million passengers, beating its prior pre-pandemic record of 11 million in a year.

It saw a profit of 327 million dollars (£257 million) in 2022.

Chief executive Ghaith al-Ghaith said: “Building on the momentum from our previous strong performance, we continued to grow surpassing all pre-pandemic levels to achieve the most profitable year in the history of the airline.”

FlyDubai is the sister airline to long-haul carrier Emirates, both based out of Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel.

The airport recently announced it surpassed its own pre-pandemic figures for 2023, though it remains just shy of its all-time-highest figures of 89.1 million passengers in 2018.

FlyDubai had been one of the biggest customers of the 737 Max.

The Boeing 737 is a workhorse for the airline, which along with long-haul carrier Emirates is owned by the government’s Investment Corporation of Dubai.

The two carriers also operate code-share flights, increasing traffic on FlyDubai routes.

FlyDubai also has continued flights to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport during the war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip while other carriers have halted their routes to Israel.

FlyDubai has a fleet of 84 aircraft and flies to 122 locations in 52 countries.

By Press Association

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