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UAE's flydubai announces new push into Africa

Low-cost airline says it will increase the frequency of flights on many African routes for the summer schedule

UAE's flydubai announces new push into Africa

Dubai-based low-cost carrier flydubai has announced plans to increase the frequency of flights on some of its routes in Africa for the summer schedule.

With the additional flights which launch on March 29, flydubai will operate a total of 78 flights a week to 12 points in East and North Africa.

flydubai said it will increase its service from five flights a week to daily to the capital of South Sudan, Juba and three flights a week instead of two to Bujumbura, Burundi.

Zanzibar, which the airline said has seen excellent demand since the launch of the route in October, will be served with four flights a week instead of two.

Alexandria in Egypt will also see flydubai increase its flights from two to three a day from June.

"We are delighted to offer more flights to Africa," said Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai. "We were the first UAE carrier to serve Bujumbura, Juba and Zanzibar.

"We have seen strong demand for travel across our network in Africa, and we look forward to welcoming more passengers on board our flights."

In line with growing trade and tourism ties between the UAE and East and North Africa, flydubai launched six routes to the region in 2014, doubling its network.

Commencing in September 2009, Djibouti was flydubai's first destination in Africa. The airline today has a network of 12 points in the market including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Khartoum, Kigali and Port Sudan.

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