Dubai’s other airlines

This is an old page from 2016 which after moving to Chiang Mai I no longer update – but it is an interesting picture of Dubai’s role as a major aviation hub.

Sometimes it feels as though only Emirates operates from Dubai. Of course there are a wide range of major US, European, Far Eastern and Gulf international airlines such as British Airways, Air France, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airways, Qatar Airlines, Air China, etc etc. But there is also an unusual variety of airlines from Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. So here are a few of the more exotic carriers that regularly operate into Dubai.

Jazeera AirwaysKuwait based low cost airline with 8 A320s. Additional 32 Airbus A320s on order. Used to operate a small hub in Dubai. Now flying from Dubai to Kuwait for onward connections.
Ural AirlinesBased in Yekaterinburg, Russia. It operates scheduled and charter, domestic and international flights. Its main base is Koltsovo International Airport. Tupulev 154s are supported by A320s.
Iran Asseman AirlinesFlights to Shiraz-Larestan-Lamerd-Bandar Abbas-Bushehr-Mashhad-Chabahar-Zahedan-Abadan-Kermanshah. Predominantly domestic operator with Boeing 727s and Fokker F100s. 
Air India ExpressAir India Express is the low cost subsidiary of Air India. It operates Boeing 737NGs and flies to 10 international destinations– Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Muscat, Salalah, Singapore, Bahrain, Doha, and Columbo from 9 Indian cities – Kozhikode, Kochi, Thiruvananthpuram, Mumbai, Delhi, Amritsar, Chennai, Mangalore and Tiruchirapally.
Sudan Airways Flights to Khartoum on A300s. Also has MS83s and Fokker 100s.
Kish AirKish Air is operating a fleet of six medium range McDonnell Douglas MD-83 and Tupolev Tu-154M and six short range Fokker 50 on its domestic and international routes in and to Iran.From Dubai the airline flies to Kish Island
VIM AirlinesMoscow based operator of Boeing 757s. 
Fars Air QeshmBased in Qeshm, Iran and operating one 767 and two Yak 42s. 
Yamal Airlines Based in Salekhard, Russia Flies an all Russian fleet mainly on domestic routes. 
Eritrean AirlinesBased in Asmara and flying internally and to Dubai, Jeddah, Milan, Rome and Frankfurt with one 767 and one 737.They also fly from Dubai to Lahore. 
Air BluePakistan carrier Airblue operates Airbus 319, 320 and 321 planes on scheduled flights operating 30 daily services linking seven domestic destinations and international services to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Muscat and Manchester. 
Air Baltic CorporationDubai to Riga, capital of Latvia. Mainly 737s and Fokker 50s. Affiliated to SAS the airline flies to some 49 destinations. 
NAS Express / Nas AirNas Air (Arabic: طيران ناس) is a subsidiary of the Saudi National Air Services (NAS) that is based in Riyadh. It is the first low-cost carrier to fly in Saudi Arabia and started its domestic flights on February 25, 2007. Operates A320 and Embraer 190s.Nas Air operates to Asmara  
Star Air AviationStar Air Aviation is a cargo airline based in Karachi, Pakistan. It operates to many cities in Pakistan including Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar.It flies Antonov freighters.
Silk Way AirlinesSilk Way Airlines is a cargo airline based in Baku, Azerbaijan. The airline was established in 2001 and operations started on October 6, 2001, with scheduled and charter cargo flights. Its main base is Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku. Also flying Antonov freighters as well as Ilyushin 76 jets.  
Yemenia Yemenia – Yemen Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية اليمنية‎) is the national airline of Yemen, based in Sana’a. It operates scheduled domestic services as well as international services to more than 30 destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Its main base is Sana’a International Airport (SAH), with a hub at Aden International Airport (ADE). Flies Airbus A310s and A330s as well as Boeing 737s.
Mihin Lanka  Mihin Lanka (Private) Limited is a low-cost airline based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is a fully owned and funded enterprise of the Sri Lankan government. Its main focus was providing low cost flights from Colombo to Dubai and a number of cities in India. It flies an A320 from Dubai to Colombo.
Mahan Air  Mahan Air (Persian: هواپیمایی ماهان) is a private airline based in Tehran, Iran. It operates scheduled domestic services and international flights to the Far East, Middle East, and Europe. Its main base is Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tehran.The airline flies from Dubai to Mashad and Tehran.
GMG AirlineBased in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the GMG Group of Companies. It operates domestic, regional, and international services.  MD80s and B767s fly the international routes. 
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Kyrgyzstan Air Company Kyrgyzstan Air flies a 737 from Dubai to Bishkek
Georgian AirwaysTbilisi
Shaheen Air InternationalPeshawar and Karachi
Azerbaijan AirlinesBaku
British Gulf International Kandahar
South Airlines Bagram, Kabul
Eastern Sky Jets (see Aerotech Airlines below)Kandahar
Atlantic Soyuz Airlines 
TAAG – Linhas Aereas de Angola AirlinesTAAG Angola Airlines (Linhas Aéreas de Angola) is the national flag carrier of Angola. Based in Luanda, the airline has a large domestic network and flights to other parts of Africa, Europe and South America.
Ariana Afghan AirlinesKabul
Pamir AirwaysBased in Afghanistan with a 737-200 flying from Dubai to Kabul. Pamir Airways currently flies Kabul/Dubai/Kabul, Kabul/Herat/Kabul and Kabul/Faizabad/Kabul, as well as Herat/Maimana/Herat and Herat/Zaranj/Herat.
 Aerosvit Airlines Kiev
EVA AirFrankfurt, London, Taipei
Safi Airways This is an Afghan Airline based in Dubai from where it flies to Kabul with a daily 737-300. A 767 has been acquired for flights to Europe. 
Caspian AirlinesFlying to Ahwaz in Iran with a MD 80s
Aria Air  Bandar Abbas                Fokker F50
SomonairTajikistan based flying from Dushanbe to Dubai.
Air Company SCAT(someone should tell them this is not a good name for an airline – when the engine goes the s**t must really hit the fan !)Flies a 737 from Dubai to Aktau in Kazakhstan – airline also has 757s.
Coyne AirwaysKandahar and Baghdad – flying an Illyushin 76 – presumably freight.
Jupiter AirlinesJupiter Airlines flies to Iraq and Afghanistan
Jubba AirwaysFlying B737s to Berbera in Somalia
Uzbekistan AirwaysFlying A310s to Tashkent
Aerotech AirlinesFlying Kandahar, Baghram and Camp Bastion – flights appear to be flown by Eastern Skyjets
Starlight AirlineFreight from the UAE to Iraq and Afghanistan with branches in Erbil, Baghdad, Sulaymaniah, Basra, Umm Qaser, Dahouk, Zako and Safwan.Unclear whether they have their own airplane now – appear to charter space from EK.
Global JetDubai based with Boeing 737-300, 737-400, A300-600 and 767-200 aircraft for charter work.
SpicejetDubai to Mumbai and Delhi
Syrian Arab AirlinesDamascas

Taban Air
Taban Air (Persian: تابان ایر‎) is an airline headquartered in Tehran, Iran, with its main operational base in Mashhad from Dubai to Isfahan and Imam.
Iraqi AirwaysBaghdad
FlyGeorgiaFlyGeorgia will operate its Dubai-Tbilisi flight three times a week with a single-aisle Airbus 319 aircraft.

A number of airlines have stopped flying to Dubai and moved their UAE services to Abu Dhabi – including

Garuda Indonesian
Air Astana