Dubai-based flydubai is to start flights to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 15 April – bringing its network in Africa to 13 routes in 10 countries.
The daily flights will stop in nearby Entebbe and the carrier becomes the first UAE carrier to operate flights to Kinshasa International Airport.
Flydubai chief executive officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “Africa is fast emerging as one of the most important markets for the United Arab Emirates and 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.”
Kinshasa is one of the largest cities in Africa and a busy hub providing extensive connections to cities across the African continent and intercontinental services to Europe.
Flydubai senior vice president of commercial operations, Sudhir Sreedharan said: “We are looking forward to operating this route and exploring more opportunities to expand our network in Africa in the near future.”
Since the start of its operations in 2009, flydubai has built up a wide network in Africa with flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum and Port Sudan, as well as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.