flydubai, Dubai’s first low cost airline, will expand its network into the foothills of the Ural Mountains on October 16, when the airline begins flights to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: “Staying true to flydubai’s promise to offer new and interesting destinations, Yekaterinburg has much to attract both business and leisure travellers.

“Trade between Russia and the UAE has grown considerably in recent years and the addition of a direct air link with the commercially important city of Yekaterinburg will help strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

“Yekaterinburg has a special place in Russian history but is also very forward looking. Visitors to the city will be sure to experience a taste of the rich culture of this fascinating country, both past and present.”

Yekaterinburg, formerly known as Sverdlovsk, is located to the east of the Ural Mountains and is the administrative centre of the Sverdlovsk Oblast region.

One of Russia’s largest cities, Yekaterinburg has a unique architectural flavour, featuring more than 600 monuments.

The city is perhaps most associated with the doomed Romanov imperial dynasty and the Russian Revolution.

Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and children, were executed by the Bolsheviks at Yekaterinburg’s Ipatiev House, the home of a leading merchant family, in July 1918. The site is now commemorated by the impressive monument, the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land.

Today, the city is a hub for heavy industry, as well as a key centre for business and finance. Home to the prestigious Ural State University, Yekaterinburg is an important stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway and boasts the tallest building in Russia outside Moscow, the Antey III tower.

The flydubai service to Yekaterinburg will operate twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from October 16, with flight FZ901 departing Dubai at 0900hrs and arriving in Russia at 1615hrs local time. Return flight FZ902 will depart Yekaterinburg at 1715hrs and arrive in Dubai at 2030hrs. Flights from Dubai start at AED 1150, with flights from Yekaterinburg from USD 400. Flights can be purchased on flydubai’s website (, through the call centre and with travel partners.

flydubai has a simple model where customers only pay for services they want to receive.
flydubai operates from a modernised and enhanced Terminal 2 on the north side of Dubai International Airport.