Congolese national airline announces first operation in the Middle East

ecair gastounetaero flickrThe opening of the new direct route from Brazzaville, Congo will make the airport of Brazzaville as a hub in Central Africa. (Image source: Gastounetaero/Flickr)Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECAir) is seeking to launch its first commercial flight from Congo-Brazzaville to Dubai by the 31 March 2014

The flight will be operational three times a week, between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Maya-Maya Airport in Congo-Brazzaville.

The new route will operate a Boeing 757 aircraft configured with 16 business class and 132 economy class seats.

According to the annual traffic report released recently by Dubai Airports, the world's second busiest hub for international passengers showed a 13 per cent increase in 2013 in passenger traffic arriving from Africa.

"This is a historic event for ECAir because this will strengthen our Middle East network through one of the most important hubs in the world. This flight is the first direct connection from Congo-Brazzaville to the UAE," said EC Air chairman Jean Louis Osso.

Helen Woodrow, vice president of forecasting and research at Dubai Airports also remarked, "Africa is a fast growing market with huge potential and we are happy to welcome ECAir as an important link between the DR Congo and Dubai that is sure to further boost tourism, trade and commerce between both markets."

Currently, Dubai International offers connectivity to more than 284 destinations across six continents through more than 125 airlines.

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