Dubai-based flydubai has announced to operate daily flights to N’djili International Airport in the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, marking itself as the UAE’s first carrier to create direct air links with Congo
With the start of flights to Kinshasa, another gateway is opened up for passengers from the GCC, Russia and the Indian Subcontinent into Central Africa.
Passengers from Kinshasa now will have access to more than 90 destinations on the flydubai network and through its codeshare partnership with Emirates, Africa passengers can connect easily to Emirates’ destinations spanning six continents in more than 80 countries.
Speaking on the launch of the flights to Kinshasa, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said, “As one of the largest and most populous cities in Africa, Kinshasa, is a major 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.”
This is aiming to unlock important trading opportunities between the UAE and Africa, thus adding value to the socio-economic developments for both the regions.
Sudhir Sreedharan, senior vice-president for commercial operations for the UAE, GCC, Indian Subcontinent and Africa at flydubai, commented, “Africa has been an important market for flydubai since the airline’s launch in 2009. We continue to see strong demand for direct air links and last year flydubai contributed 13 per cent of the total growth at Dubai Airports for the African market.”
“With the start of the daily service from Dubai’s aviation hub to one of the largest countries in Africa, passengers will have access to increased connectivity,” he added.