Dubai Airshow: Flydubai announces plans for USD 190 million MRO facility

Flydubai plans for a purpose-built USD 190 million MRO facility in Dubai South by 2026.

The signing ceremony with the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) was attended by His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South; Tahnoon Saif, CEO of MBRAH; and Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai.

The construction of the new hangar and workshop will commence next year and is expected to conclude by the last quarter of 2026.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Flydubai, said: “This will bring Flydubai greater control over its maintenance requirements as it continues to grow its fleet and capabilities with a firm focus on the future.”

Khalifa Al Zaffin, CEO of Dubai Aviation City Cooperation and Dubai South, said: “Flydubai’s new facility in Dubai South reflects our commitment to enhancing the ecosystem that contributes to the growth and sustainability of the aviation industry. This partnership reaffirms Dubai’s position as a global aviation hub and reinforces our shared vision of providing world-class aviation services to our partners.”

Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer at Flydubai, added: “Dubai has emerged as a thriving aviation hub that fosters connectivity, innovation, growth and setting benchmarks for the global aviation industry. The spirit of Dubai is in our DNA and we are proud to announce today the plans for our MRO facility which represents a new chapter in our journey. At Flydubai, we continue to invest in our people and technologies and build solid foundations to enable further growth as part of our role in supporting Dubai’s economic and aviation vision.”

Mick Hills, chief operating officer at Flydubai, said: “When it is up and running in 2026, the MRO facility on Dubai South will bring us significant reductions in operational costs. Having our own in-country MRO facility will ensure a quicker turnaround of our fleet maintenance while adhering to the highest quality standards. This increased level of control will result in reduced downtime as maintenance tasks can be efficiently planned and executed, minimising any disruption to our flight schedules in the future and enhancing overall operational reliability.”