Dubai: Dubai-based flydubai will double its operations to Russia for the winter season in response to growing passenger demand, the airline announced on Tuesday.

From the end of October, flydubai will operate 40 weekly flights to 10 destinations in Russia. This year, the airline will add Makhachkala, Voronezh and Ufa to its existing network in the country that includes Moscow, among others.

The UAE has this year seen a growing demand from Russia after changes to visa requirements enabled passengers to get a free 30-day visa on arrival to the country.

Travel from Russia to Dubai grew by 97 per cent in the first six months of 2017, according to Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).