FlyDubai to Serve Moscow in September
Starting in September, the budget carrier FlyDubai (www.flydubai.com) will begin daily flights to Moscow. This airline already serves eight other cities in Russia at what seem to be reasonable prices.
For example, I checked into flights form Dubai to Kazan next month, and discovered that a one-way flight early in April costs $297. Kazan is southeast of Moscow and is capital of the autonomous region known as the Republic of Tatarstan (yes, those same Tatars who form a significant minority of the population of Crimea.) The other Russian cities Fly Dubai now serves are Ufa, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, and Mineralnye Vody.
FlyDubai also offers flights to a number of destinations in the Middle East, and at present they have a special offer on flights between Dubai and Doha, Qatar. If you buy one business class ticket, you get another free.
As I said in a recent post, I was surprised to learn about the existence of budget carriers in the Gulf states, but that just shows that I have a lot to learn about this part of the world