#AfriTravel: flydubai adds Kinshasa to its growing network in Africa

2018-02-14 19:00 – Unathi Nkanjeni

Cape Town –  Dubai-based low-cost carrier, flydubai airline is set to start operating daily flights to the Congolese capital, Kinshasa from 15 April with an en route stop in Entebbe.

With this being the airline’s 13 destinations in 10 African countries, flydubai will become the first UAE carrier to operate flights to Kinshasa International Airport .

Bookings will be available through the Emirates code-share agreement.

SEE: Emirates and flydubai partnership announce first codeshare routes

Commenting on the launch, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, says Africa is fast emerging as one of the “most important markets for the United Arab Emirates”.

“We have seen the trade relationship going from strength to strength in recent years. With the proximity to the continent and rising demand to more direct links to Africa, we see this new service to Kinshasa playing an instrumental role in further supporting the growing trade and tourism flows in the coming years,” says Al Ghaith. 

The airline currently operates 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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According to Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa), the number of African companies registered with Dubai Chamber exceeded 12,000 in 2017, which demonstrates the increased cooperation and opportunity between both sides. 

“We are looking forward to operating this route and exploring more opportunities to expand our network in Africa in the near future while offering passengers a reliable and unrivalled onboard service whether they are travelling in Business or Economy Class,” says Sreedharan.

What to expect

The airline says passengers travelling to and from Kinshasa will have the option of a Business Class experience, benefitting from priority check-in service, comfortable spacious seats and a range of dining options. Passengers travelling in Economy Class will have access comfortable seating and a convenient way to travel.

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