A senior delegation from Dubai, such as Liborio Stellino, Ambassador of Italy in the UAE, Jeyhun Efendi, senior vice president, Commercial Operations for Flydubai, Thierry Aucoc, senior vice president, Commercial Operations (Europe and Russian Federation) for Emirates, arrived at Catania International Airport (CTA) to mark the commence of direct flights among Dubai and Sicily.
The delegation was met on the ground by Muhannad Alnaqbi, deputy head of the UAE Mission to Italy, and by Nico Torrisi, chief executive officer for Società Aeroporto Catania (SAC). On arrival, the flight was met with a standard water cannon salute.
Stellino stated, “The new Flydubai connection with Catania will enable, in an effective way, for the South of Italy to be directly linked to Dubai’s extensive air network. It is therefore favourably perceived as part and parcel of the multifaceted and comprehensive Italy-UAE partnership. Such a positive development in connectivity is going to become immediately a very useful tool for both countries, a win-win approach, creating enhanced results and a successful impact on the tourism and trade sector.”
Flydubai provides direct flights to Catania and by means of its partnership with Emirates this service will operate as component of its codeshare providing unmatched travel alternatives.
Flydubai’s route network in Europe consists of 27 points in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland (from October), Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Efendi stated, “We had been the very first airline in the Middle East to take delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX eight aircraft. As component of today’s inaugural, we have announced that Catania is a single of the destinations on our developing network to be frequently served by the newest aircraft in our fleet.
The comfort of direct flights from Dubai as effectively as onward connections opens up the globe to our passengers. Flydubai’s skilled and friendly service onboard and the comfort of our new aircraft with a flat-bed in Business Class will make sure our passengers appreciate an exceptional travel expertise.” Aucoc stated, “Our partnership with Flydubai enables travellers in Catania and the greater surrounding area to easily access destinations across Emirates network, particularly Dubai, Thailand, Australia, Egypt and China, all of which are popular for local travellers. We also expect the route to boost the number of visitors to the region, particularly from key inbound markets like Melbourne and Sydney.”
Nico stated, “The launch of new direct flight between Catania and Dubai provides easy access to Sicily from a major world aviation hub. This supports the promotion of Sicily as a unique destination with rich art and history making it popular among tourists from Dubai, Far East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily