Dubai-based carrier flydubai has expanded its Africa network to a total of 13 destinations with the addition of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Commenting on the launch, Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive officer of flydubai, said: “Africa is fast emerging as one of the most important markets for the United Arab Emirates and we have seen the trade relationship going from strength to strength in recent years.
“With the proximity to the continent and rising demand to more direct links to Africa, we see this new service to Kinshasa playing an instrumental role in further supporting the growing trade and tourism flows in the coming years.”
Starting from the 15 April 2018, flydubai will become the first UAE carrier will offer daily flights to N'djili Airport.
Additionally, the flight will part of an enroute stop to nearby Entebbe and will be available for booking through Emirates codeshare agreement.
Sudhir Sreedharan, senior vice president, Commercial Operations (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa), said: “The number of African companies registered with Dubai Chamber exceeded 12,000 in 2017, which demonstrates the increased cooperation and opportunity between both sides.
“We are looking forward to operating this route and exploring more opportunities to expand our network in Africa in the near future, while offering passengers a reliable and unrivalled on board service whether they are travelling in Business or Economy Class,” he added.
Business Class return fares will start at $1634 (AED 6,000) and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage. Economy Class return fares will start at $735 (AED 2,700) including 20kg checked baggage.