Skip to content Skip to Search
Skip navigation

Flydubai in huge recruitment drive amid record profits

A total of 1,300 employees joined Flydubai last year, 80% of whom are cabin crew, engineers or pilots FlyDubai
A total of 1,300 employees joined Flydubai last year, 80% of whom are cabin crew, engineers or pilots
  • Low-cost airline reports 43% rise in profits to $327m in 2022
  • Fleet increased by 17 aircraft and 16 new routes added

The biggest recruitment drive in the history of Flydubai is continuing as the low-cost airline looks to build on record profit growth in 2022.

A total of 1,300 employees joined Flydubai last year, 80 percent of whom are cabin crew, engineers or pilots, aided by the “desire of top talent to relocate to Dubai and the UAE”, the airline said in a statement.

CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said recruitment efforts are ongoing into this year to support further fleet and network growth. Last year 17 new aircraft were delivered, taking the fleet to 74, while 16 new routes were launched.

“Dubai continues to be one of the most desirable destinations for trade and tourism with a robust and growing economy, and a thriving aviation hub serving a growing population,” Al Ghaith said.

“Despite the ever-present headwinds that impact the aviation industry, our growth trajectory remains on track as we support Dubai’s position as a global leader in aviation.”

Flydubai reported profits of AED1.2 billion ($327 million) in 2022, an increase of 43 percent compared to the previous year.

Annual revenue reached $2.5 billion, up from $1.4 billion as a total of 10.6 million passengers were carried, an increase of 89 percent.

Aircraft, Airliner, AirplaneFlydubai
Flydubai has embarked on a retrofit programme across its fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Picture: Flydubai

The carrier said it will continue to invest in new technologies this year while adding further routes. 

The airline will also embark on a major retrofit programme across its fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Al Ghaith described 2022 as an “exceptional year”, with accelerated demand bookended by the final few months of Expo 2020 and the efforts to support travel to and from the World Cup in Doha.

Flydubai positioned six aircraft at Dubai World Central and operated 1,290 shuttle flights to Doha International Airport during the tournament, flying more than 133,000 football fans.

“Navigating through challenging times characterised by continued fluctuating fuel prices, disruption to supply chains, rising global inflation and geopolitical unrest did not dampen our strong performance last year,” Al Ghaith said.

Latest articles

The under-construction Golden Pass LNG facility in Texas

Builder of Qatar-Exxon LNG facility files for bankruptcy

Zachry Holdings, the lead contractor on the QatarEnergy and ExxonMobil Golden Pass LNG project in Texas, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Zachry Holding’s share of the $10 billion Golden Pass project is valued at $5.8 billion. The company said it is pursuing a “structured exit”. “Because we have been unable to find a […]

The new East Africa cloud service will give customers access to secure, high-speed cloud and AI services across the region

G42 and Microsoft to invest $1bn in Kenya data centre

Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence (AI) company G42 has partnered with US tech giant Microsoft to invest $1 billion in a green data centre in Kenya. The data centre, which will be built by G42 and its partners, will provide access to Azure – a computing platform developed by Microsoft – through a new East Africa cloud region. […]

The Adnoc Drilling head office. Adnoc will not be able to sell any more of its stake for at least six months

Adnoc Drilling successfully floats further stake

Abu Dhabi state oil company Adnoc has successfully placed a further 5.5 percent of listed subsidiary Adnoc Drilling, increasing the company’s free float to 16.5 percent. The sale of an additional 880 million shares through a book-building process will boost trading of Adnoc Drilling’s stock on Abu Dhabi’s bourse. Adnoc restricted the share sale to […]

John Kirby, the White House national security communications adviser, said Saudi Arabia and the US were 'closer than we’ve ever been' to a deal

Saudi Arabia ‘close’ to US defence pact and arms deal

Saudi Arabia could be close to a security pact with the United States that would enable the kingdom to buy arms, potentially including the sought-after F-35 fighter jet, and obtain some form of US defence guarantee, White House officials said this week.  John Kirby, the president’s national security spokesperson, said on May 20 that the […]