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Flydubai touches down in Kinshasa Today's News

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Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flight touched down yesterday, Sunday 15 Aril at N'djili Airport (Kinshasa International Airport - FIH).  The airline will now operate daily flights, with a stop in Entebbe. This service marks its 13th destination in 10 countries in Africa. 

The Kinshasa flights offer another gateway for passengers from the GCC, Russia and the Indian subcontinent into Central Africa. Passengers from Kinshasa have access to more than 90 destinations on the flydubai network.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, ceo of flydubai, 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 fast-growing economies of African countries are important trading markets for the UAE, and their increasing prosperity will ensure that their contribution of visitor numbers to Dubai will also grow.

Sudhir Sreedharan, senior vp, Commercial Operations (UAE, GCC, Indian Subcontinent and Africa) at flydubai, added: “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% 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.”

Flydubai will codeshare this route with Emirates, offering all passengers the benefits of this partnership, including travel on a single ticket and increased connectivity with more choice to travel and access to Emirates’ destinations spanning six continents in over 80 countries.

Flydubai’s African network 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.

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