Fly­dubai marks Africa ex­pan­sion with Kin­shasa in­au­gu­ral

Kuwait Times - - Business -

KUWAIT: Dubai-based fly­dubai’s in­au­gu­ral flight touched down yes­ter­day at N’djili Air­port (Kin­shasa In­ter­na­tional Air­port - FIH). Fly­dubai will op­er­ate daily flights to N’djili Air­port with an en route stop in En­tebbe.

Fly­dubai is the first na­tional car­rier for the UAE to cre­ate di­rect air links to the Con­golese cap­i­tal, Kin­shasa and with the start of the ser­vice sees its com­pre­hen­sive net­work in Africa grow to 13 des­ti­na­tions in 10 coun­tries.

With the start of flights to Kin­shasa an­other gate­way is opened up for pas­sen­gers from the GCC, Rus­sia and the In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent into Cen­tral Africa. Pas­sen­gers from Kin­shasa have ac­cess to more than 90 des­ti­na­tions on the fly­dubai net­work and through its code­share part­ner­ship with Emi­rates can con­nect eas­ily and con­ve­niently to Emi­rates’ des­ti­na­tions span­ning six con­ti­nents in over 80 coun­tries.

The in­au­gu­ral flight touched down at 14:20 (lo­cal time) and on board was a del­e­ga­tion led by Sud­hir Sreed­ha­ran, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Com­mer­cial Op­er­a­tions (UAE, GCC, In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent & Africa) for fly­dubai. The del­e­ga­tion was met on ar­rival by Tshi­umba Pmunga Jean, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, Ku­fula Mak­ila Rex, Cab­i­net Di­rec­tor, Min­is­ter of Trans­port and Con­stant Bopima Moelo, Cab­i­net Di­rec­tor, Min­is­ter of Tourism.

Ghaith Al-Ghaith, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of fly­dubai, said on the launch of flights to Kin­shasa: “As one of the largest and most pop­u­lous cities in Africa, Kin­shasa, is a key hub for travel and trade. Africa is one of the UAE’s emerg­ing trade part­ners and with the open­ing of this new route to one of the busiest air­ports in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo there will be fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to strengthen com­mer­cial ties across a neigh­bor­ing con­ti­nent with vast nat­u­ral re­sources.” The fast-grow­ing economies of the coun­tries of Africa are im­por­tant trad­ing mar­kets for the UAE and their in­creas­ing pros­per­ity will en­sure that their con­tri­bu­tion of vis­i­tor num­bers to Dubai will sim­i­larly grow strongly.

Sreed­ha­ran, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Com­mer­cial Op­er­a­tions (UAE, GCC, In­dian Sub­con­ti­nent and Africa) at fly­dubai, who led the in­au­gu­ral del­e­ga­tion, added: “Africa has been an im­por­tant mar­ket for fly­dubai since the air­line’s launch in 2009. We con­tinue to see strong de­mand for di­rect air­links and last year fly­dubai con­trib­uted 13 per­cent of the to­tal growth at Dubai Air­ports for the African mar­ket. I am pleased to see our net­work in Africa grow to 13 des­ti­na­tions in 10 coun­tries with the launch to­day of flights to Kin­shasa. With the start of the daily ser­vice from Dubai’s avi­a­tion hub to one of the largest coun­tries in Africa pas­sen­gers will have ac­cess to in­creased con­nec­tiv­ity.”

All flights to and from Kin­shasa will of­fer trav­ellers fly­dubai’s on­board ex­pe­ri­ence, whether opt­ing for pri­or­ity ser­vices and more space and pri­vacy in Busi­ness Class, or en­joy­ing flex­i­bil­ity and con­ve­nience as a pas­sen­ger in Econ­omy Class. fly­dubai will code­share this route with Emi­rates, of­fer­ing all pas­sen­gers the ben­e­fits of this part­ner­ship, in­clud­ing travel on a sin­gle ticket and in­creased con­nec­tiv­ity with more choice to travel and ac­cess to Emi­rates’ des­ti­na­tions span­ning six con­ti­nents in over 80 coun­tries.

In under 10 years, fly­dubai has grown an ex­ten­sive net­work across Africa and cur­rently of­fers flights to Ad­dis Ababa, Alexan­dria, As­mara, Dji­bouti, En­tebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khar­toum and Port Su­dan as well as Dar es Salaam, Kil­i­man­jaro and Zanz­ibar.

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