flydubai has announced that it will launch flights to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, beginning October 29 this year.
The service to Kilimanjaro will see the airline’s network in Africa expand to 12 destinations, including Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.
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 to eight a week up from three a week.
flydubai chief executive officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith, 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 per cent increase in capacity to the market compared to the previous year.”
He added: “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.”
Senior vice president commercial for GCC and Africa, Sudhir Sreedharan, said: “We are committed to opening up undeserved markets and flydubai’s service to Kilimanjaro will introduce more options for travel with a Business and Economy Class service.”
“We expect to see healthy flows of trade and tourism on this route from the GCC and Eastern Europe via our hub in Dubai,” he explained.
flydubai began operations to Tanzania in 2014 and has seen a steady growth in passenger numbers.
The carrier registered a 3.5 per cent increase in passenger numbers travelling between the United Arab Emirates and Africa in 2016 compared to 2015, a positive record for the emerging market.
flydubai has built a comprehensive network in Africa with flights to Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Khartoum, Djibouti, Alexandria, Asmara, Hargeisa, Juba, Hargeisa and Port Sudan.
The 12 destinations on the African continent will be served with more than 80 weekly flights for the summer period.