Flydubai will double the number of routes from Dubai to Russia and add new destinations in Ukraine this year. The carrier will launch flights to Mineralnye Vody April 16; to Volgograd and Rostov-on-Don Sept. 13; and to Krasnodar Sept. 20.

Flydubai CEO Gaith Al Gaith said the carrier was ready to double the number of destinations last year.

The carrier’s Ukrainian network will grow with service from Dubai-Odessa and Dnepropetrovsk from Sept. 15 and 18, respectively. At the same time, the airline will launch a second daily flight to Kiev.

Dubai-based carrier launched routes to Yekaterinburg and Samara in October 2011, followed by Ufa and Kazan in September 2011.

With the new destinations the number of flydubai routes in the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) will reach 18 cities.

Gaith Al Gaith said Russia and Ukraine are the most important markets for the carrier. Flydubai head of commercial operations Jeyhun Efendi added the carrier had been designated on Dubai-Moscow route but it is unlikely to launch this year as the competition in Moscow is tough.