Dubai-based carrier flydubai has announced plans to launch a flight to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania starting October 2017, expanding its network in Africa to 12 destinations.
This will be flydubai’s third route to Tanzania where it began operations in 2014. It operates direct flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
The airline which attributes the introduction of the additional route to increased passenger demand will fly six times weekly to the new destination, three flights via a stopover in Dar es Salaam.
It will also increase its direct service to Zanzibar from three to eight flights weekly.
flydubai recorded a 3.5 per cent growth in the number of passengers travelling between the UAE and Africa in 2016 compared to 2015.
It operates over 80 weekly flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum, Port Sudan, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and now Kilimanjaro.
“With the addition of these services, flydubai will operate 14 flights a week, marking a 133 per cent 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,” Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai, said.
flydubai becomes the first airline to provide direct air links from the UAE to Kilimanjaro, which is a main international destination that comprises attractions such as Mount Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater.
The Kilimanjaro route will also give business travellers more travel options to the East African region.
Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President Commercial (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa) said it is expected to increase trade and tourism flows from the GCC and Eastern Europe via flydubai’s hub in Dubai.
flydubai will offer Business and Economy Class services as well as added cargo capacity on the new route which will start on 29 October 2017.