Dubai-based carrier flydubai has marked its Africa expansion with its inaugural flight to Congolese capital – Kinshasa – with a stop in Entebbe (Uganda).
The airline’s network in Africa now spans 13 destinations across 10 countries after the touch down at N’djili Airport (Kinshasa International Airport) which flydubai will to on a daily basis.
Passengers from Kinshasa will have access to more than 90 destinations on the flydubai network and through its codeshare partnership with Emirates.
Flydubai chief executive officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “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 neighbouring continent with vast natural resources.”
The carrier noted 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.
Africa has been an important market for flydubai since the airline’s launch in 2009 and last year the carrier contributed 13 per cent of the total growth at Dubai Airports for the African market.
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.