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Despite recording revenue of AED2.5 billion (USD689 million) in the first six months of the year (H1), up 9.9 percent year-on-year, flydubai reported a loss of AED142.5 million (USD38.8 million).

The number of passengers carried rose 10.5 percent to 5.4 million during the reviewed period, while revenue passenger kilometres grew 18.9 percent in H1, and available seat kilometres jumped 7.9 percent.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO, flydubai, said, “The demand for travel from the growing number of our passengers remains strong. We will however continue to manage our cost performance and balance this with our long-term view of the potential for air travel in the region. We know that we need to remain flexible to the market dynamics across our network.”