As reported here in February in a breaking news article, Fly Dubai will commence flights to Juba from April 21. Initially the Dubai-based low-cost carrier (LCC) will fly 4 times a week, using their workhorse B737-800 for the service, although it is expected that the flights will be progressively upped to eventually operate daily. The date of the inaugural flight has just been reconfirmed in Juba, as the airline’s sales team is rolling out a full-scale publicity campaign to promote their upcoming connection.
The airline, in order to make it more attractive for passengers from South Sudan to the Gulf’s arguably most attractive destination, is offering an on the spot visa service from their offices in Juba, allowing for processing of the permit within the space of a few hours, a service which is bound to impress travelers from Juba who otherwise have to go through lengthy application processes, often via Nairobi, hampering their ability to travel on business and pleasure.
It was also learned that both countries are in the final stages to agree on the opening of embassies in their respective capitals, which will afford yet easier processing of a visa and will also facilitate consular assistance at both ends for passengers to and from Dubai.
Fly Dubai is fully owned by the government of Dubai and currently operates a fleet of 28 B737-800NG, configured with 189 seats in an all-economy cabin. The LCC was established in 2008 and commenced flight operations in June 2009. The airline connects a growing number of destinations in Eastern Europe, the Gulf, and of late, in Africa, too, and further destinations are planned for Africa as another 22 B737-800NG awaits delivery in the coming months and years. It is the UAE’s second LCC after Air Arabia which is based in Sharjah.