Dubai-based carrier flydubai has commenced operations to Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia.

The inaugural flights on 10 February coincided with the first day of Chinese New Year and were operated from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB) to Penang International airport (PEN) and Langkawi International airport (LGK).

It has become the first carrier to serve the two airports with a daily service from Dubai. Flights to Langkawi will operate via a short stop in Penang.

The schedule of the flights to the two destinations is below:

Flight Number Departure Airport Arrival Airport Departure Time Arrival Time
FZ  1603 DXB PEN 04:10 15:05
FZ  1603 PEN LGK 16:05 16:45
FZ  1604 LGK PEN 19:45 20:45
FZ  1604 PEN DXB 21:45 01:05


With the start of these flights, flydubai has grown its network in Southeast Asia to four destinations in two countries, including Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia, and Krabi and Pattaya in Thailand.

The airline said that it will operate its latest aircraft on these routes which feature lie-flat seats in business class.

Sudhir Sreedharan, senior vice president, Commercial Operations  for the UAE, GCC, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent at flydubai, said, “We are pleased to see our presence grow in Southeast Asia with the addition of Penang and Langkawi to our growing network. flydubai remains committed to opening up underserved markets and with the start of our daily service.”

YB Wong Hon Wai, Penang State EXCO for Tourism and Creative Economy, added, “We are thrilled that flydubai has introduced Dubai to Penang and Langkawi, marking the first new direct flight route for our airport this year.”

Earlier this year, flydubai commenced operations to Mombasa in Kenya. The four-times weekly service to the Kenyan coastal city takes the airline’s African network up to 12 destinations across 11 countries.