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In the first half of the year (H1), flydubai reported a total revenue of AED 2.3 billion (USD626 million), up 5.4 percent and a loss of AED89.9 million (USD24.5 million), 39 percent lower than the same period in 2015.

Passenger volumes rose to 4.9 million, a year-on-year growth of 16.5 percent, while the number of business class seats soared 19 percent.

The carrier, which celebrated its seventh anniversary in June, operated 5,577 more flights than in H1 2015, marking a 14.9 percent boost, due to increased frequencies to existing destinations.

Upon delivery of six aircraft in the second half of this year, the airline will add a number of destinations from Dubai, including Bahrain, Bangkok, Moscow and Zanzibar.