Dubai: Starting on November 4, Dubai-based low cost carrier Flydubai will start operating twice-a-week services to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, the carrier said today in a statement, as it expands operations across Central and Eastern Europe.

Tbilisi has been named the carrier's 45th destination, with Flydubai becoming the only airline to offer direct flights from the UAE to the Georgian city.

Flydubai said it received an official seal of approval from the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, George Karbelashvili.

"I am sure flydubai's connection between Tbilisi and Dubai will help establish and strengthen ties between the countries. We have a number of common areas of interest such as banking, real estate, oil and gas and tourism; and this is the opportunity to step-up collaboration in these sectors while exploring new relationship avenues," Karbelashvili said in a statement.

Added Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai, said: "There are more than 55,000 expatriates from this region residing in the UAE and more than a million tourists visiting the emirates every year. We hope our network of direct flights will play a part in making travel between the UAE and Central and Eastern Europe easier and more affordable."