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Flydubai today launched its first flight to Astana, the airline's third destination in Kazakhstan, with two flights a week.

Flydubai's Chief Executive Officer Ghaith Al Ghaith said: "Astana is an important addition to Flydubai's network as we continue to grow our presence in Central Asia. Since our launch in Kazakhstan a year ago we now serve three routes in the country, demonstrating our commitment to further enhancing connections to new destinations from Dubai. Travelling to Dubai has never been more convenient and we look forward to providing passengers from the UAE and Kazakhstan with the opportunity to explore both countries."

Flydubai launched services to Kazakhstan in September 2014 with direct links to Almaty and Shymkent.

The airline now offers two flights a week to both Astana and Almaty and one flight a week to Shymkent.

The launch sees Flydubai's footprint in Central Asia and the Caucasus region expand to nine destinations, with 60 flights a week to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President Commercial (UAE, EU, ME, CIS) for Flydubai , added: "This is an exciting time to launch services to the capital of Kazakhstan as both Astana and Dubai are preparing to host the Expo in 2017 and 2020 respectively. We are committed to supporting travel and trade between Kazakhstan and the UAE by offering affordable and flexible services along with Business Class and Cargo operations. Now passengers from Astana will be able to visit multiple destinations in Africa, the Middle East and the Subcontinent throughout the Flydubai network."

Flydubai has launched 16 new destinations since the start of 2015 creating a network of more than 96 routes across 45 countries.

Flydubai operates two flights a week between Dubai and Astana starting from 26 October on Mondays and Fridays with return flights the following day.

Introductory Economy Class return fares from Dubai to Astana start at Dh1,450 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at Dh5,500 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.