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flydubai to offer flights to Kilimanjaro this year

Low-cost carrier says third route in Tanzania will boost African network to 12 destinations

flydubai to offer flights to Kilimanjaro this year

Low-cost carrier flydubai has announced the start of flights to Kilimanjaro from October 29.

The relaunched service to the carrier’s third point in Tanzania, along with Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, will see flydubai’s network in Africa expand to 12 destinations.

flydubai began operations to Tanzania in 2014 and has seen a steady growth in passenger numbers. Kilimanjaro will be served with six flights a week, three of which are via a stop in the capital, Dar es Salaam.

In addition, the carrier said in a statement that it will increase direct flights to Zanzibar from three to eight flights a week.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: “With the addition of the service to Kilimanjaro and more direct flights to Zanzibar, flydubai will operate 14 flights a week, marking a 133 percent increase in capacity to the market compared to the previous year.

"This is a healthy indication of the rising popularity of Tanzania as a preferred tourist destination and we are happy to be connecting the market to Dubai.”

Only a few international carriers operate to Kilimanjaro and flydubai will be the first airline to provide direct air links from the UAE.

flydubai said it has seen a 3.5 percent increase in passengers numbers travelling between the UAE and Africa in 2016 compared to 2015.

flydubai has built up a comprehensive network in Africa with flights to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum and Port Sudan, as well as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. The 12 points will be served with more than 80 weekly flights for the summer period.

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