By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline announces plan to add nearly 1,000 extra seats on route to east African city
Emirates Airline has announced that Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's principal port and commercial city, will become a double daily operation from January 1.
The Dubai-based airline currently operates 12 flights a week between Dubai and Dar es Salaam and with the addition of two extra flights, the city will join Nairobi as the second destination in east Africa with a double daily service.
Orhan Abbas, Emirates senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, said: "Our move to a double daily for Dar es Salaam clearly shows the importance of Tanzania as a key tourism and business market, and we are optimistic that the additional flights will further boost inbound and outbound tourism and trade between the country, Dubai and our network, especially the US and Europe, as well as the Middle East, India and the Far East"
The extra flights come less than three months after Emirates added the five times weekly flight to complement the daily service.
The second daily service is operated with an Emirates A330-200 in a three class configuration with 12 seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 183 in Economy Class.
The two extra flights will provide an additional 948 seats to the 2,370 seats available on the current five times weekly service.
It also increases the cargo capacity on the route by more than 65 tonnes, giving traders and business more opportunities to import and export products.