By Andy Sambidge
African nation will be linked via service to Dakar from Oct 27, says Dubai carrier
Emirates Airline has announced plans to introduce a linked service to Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, from October 27.
The linking of Conakry to the four times weekly Dubai to Dakar service will provide new opportunities for business and leisure travelers in Guinea to connect to the airline's worldwide network through its Dubai hub.
Conakry is the largest city of Guinea in West Africa and is situated on the Atlantic Ocean and serves as the economic, financial and cultural centre of the country with an estimated population of 1.5 million people.
“The linking of Conakry takes the number of Emirates destinations in Africa to 24, which is a firm demonstration of our commitment to Africa and helping unlock its enormous potential as one of the fastest growing economic regions of the world,” said Hubert Frach, divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations West.
“Guinea is a developing economy and has a strong mining sector, and by linking Conakry to the Dakar route, it will help to support business, international trade and passenger travel to and from the country.” he added.
The Dubai to Dakar route was serviced by an A330-200 aircraft, but since the end of March a slightly larger A340-300 was introduced onto the route, ahead of the October launch of the Conakry link.
In addition to passenger services, Emirates SkyCargo will offer about 13 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight, supporting Guinea’s key exports of perishables, such as fresh fish and pineapples, rock and oil samples and general cargo, and imports of textiles, mobile phones and electronics, mining equipment and machinery.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.