Pas­sen­ger de­mand drives in­crease in fly­dubai’s fre­quency to Tan­za­nia

Dubai-based fly­dubai has an­nounced the start of flights to Kil­i­man­jaro from 29 Oc­to­ber…

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The re­launched ser­vice to the car­rier’s third point in Tan­za­nia, along with Dar es Salaam and Zanz­ibar, will see fly­dubai’s net­work in Africa ex­pand to 12 des­ti­na­tions.

fly­dubai be­gan op­er­a­tions to Tan­za­nia in 2014 and has seen a steady growth in pas­sen­ger num­bers. Kil­i­man­jaro will be served with six flights a week, three of which are via a stop in the cap­i­tal, Dar es Salaam. In ad­di­tion, the car­rier will in­crease di­rect flights to Zanz­ibar from three to eight flights a week.

Com­ment­ing on the launch of flights, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of fly­dubai, said: “With the ad­di­tion of the ser­vice to Kil­i­man­jaro and more di­rect flights to Zanz­ibar, fly­dubai will op­er­ate 14 flights a week, mark­ing a 133% in­crease in ca­pac­ity to the mar­ket com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

This is a healthy in­di­ca­tion of the ris­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Tan­za­nia as a pre­ferred tourist des­ti­na­tion and we are happy to be con­nect­ing the mar­ket to Dubai.”

Kil­i­man­jaro In­ter­na­tional Air­port is lo­cated be­tween the re­gions of Kil­i­man­jaro and Arusha in North­ern Tan­za­nia.

The air­port is the ma­jor gate­way to the Kil­i­man­jaro re­gion, a main in­ter­na­tional tourism des­ti­na­tion that in­cludes Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, Arusha Na­tional Park, Ngoron­goro Crater and Serengeti Na­tional Park.

Only a few in­ter­na­tional car­ri­ers op­er­ate to Kil­i­man­jaro and fly­dubai will be the first air­line to pro­vide di­rect air links from the UAE.

Sud­hir Sreed­ha­ran, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial (GCC, Sub­con­ti­nent and Africa), said:

“We are com­mit­ted to open­ing up un­der­served mar­kets and fly­dubai’s ser­vice to Kil­i­man­jaro will in­tro­duce more op­tions for travel with a Busi­ness and Econ­omy Class ser­vice, to­gether with added cargo ca­pac­ity avail­able through our Cargo Di­vi­sion. We ex­pect to see healthy flows of trade and tourism on this route from the GCC and Eastern Europe via our hub in Dubai,”.

fly­dubai has seen a 3.5% in­crease in pas­sen­gers num­bers trav­el­ling be­tween the UAE and Africa in 2016 com­pared to 2015, a pos­i­tive record for this emerg­ing mar­ket.

fly­dubai has built up a com­pre­hen­sive net­work in Africa with flights to Ad­dis Ababa, Alexan­dria, As­mara, Dji­bouti, En­tebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khar­toum and Port Su­dan, as well as Dar es Salaam, Kil­i­man­jaro and Zanz­ibar.

The 12 points will be served with more than 80 weekly flights for the sum­mer pe­riod.

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