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On the sidelines of the 2021 Dubai Airshow, AirInsight talks to three of the region’s low-cost airlines on the recovery from the Covid-crisis, the market situation, their strategy, and fleet plans. Today, we talk to Ghaith Al Ghaith, the CEO of flydubai. Launched in 2009, it was one of the first LCC’s in the Middle East. The airline was hit by the pandemic, but the recovery has been strong. It is faced with new competitors like Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, but that is not a problem. flydubai and Emirates are now in the fifth year of their partnership, with more opportunities to come.

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Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016.
In 2022, he has gone full-time freelance. Richard has been contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He is also writing for Airliner World and Aviation News and until July 1 2023 in a part-time role with Dutch website and magazine Luchtvaartnieuws. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.


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