Dubai-based LCC flydubai has announced that flights to 10 destinations will move from Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 beginning Dec. 2.

Other services will continue to operate from DXB Terminal 2 and Dubai World Central (DWC).

On July 17, 2017, Dubai-based Emirates Airline and flydubai announced an “extensive partnership agreement,” including network and schedule coordination. Customers have been able to take advantage of expanded access to destinations on a single ticket and check baggage through to their final destination.

Flydubai chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said operating out of Terminal 3 will “optimize connectivity for their passengers from the world’s busiest airport.”

Starting Dec. 2, flights to Belgrade (Serbia), Bishkek (Kirgistan), Bucharest Otopeni (Romania), Catania (Italy), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Helsinki (Finland), Krakow (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Rostov-on-Don (Russia) and Salalah (Oman) will operate from Terminal 3. 

Destinations have been chosen to help improve the connection between Emirates and flydubai. Further flights operating from Terminal 3 will be added to the summer schedule in 2019.

Transferring transit passengers between Terminal 2 and 3 takes 15-25 minutes, according to the Dubai Airports’ website.

Emirates president Tim Clark told ATW recently that network overlaps between Emirates and flydubai have been widely eliminated.

“We have over 120 codeshares [Emirates and flydubai together], which is extremely good business,” Clark said.

He said the plan to bring flydubai to its southern concourses (Terminal 3) may take until 2022-23. “There will be seamless connectivity for our passengers and we are very optimistic that makes a lot of sense,” he said.

Clark said there is terminal capacity available during weaker time periods. “We are extracting value out of what we have today. We are making more use of the aprons and taxiways. During some of the times during the day, terminals are nearly empty, but get full the next hour. This time in between should create better utilization of terminal capacity,” he said.

Kurt Hofmann, hofmann.aviation@netway.at