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Increasing Africa Presence For Emirates' Expansion


Increasing Africa Presence Marks Emirates' Expansion

A growing focus on Africa with scheduled enhancements to existing operations in Egypt, Ethiopia and Tanzania, and soon-to-be-launched services to Tunisia, marks the start of Dubai-based Emirates' northern-winter schedule.

The award-winning carrier's East African presence, currently at 31 flights to four gateways in four countries, will be bolstered when it introduces daily non-stop flights to Addis Ababa and Dar es Salaam.

Emirates' four daily flights from New Zealand connect at Dubai with many of the airline's services to Africa.

The Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa which entered Emirates' 85-strong destination network in March as its 77th gateway will experience an influx of over 1000 passenger seats and 52 tonnes of cargo capacity, as the airline adds four additional flights to its existing three per week, making it daily service from December.

Connections to East Africa will also improve as Emirates introduces direct flights between Dubai and Dar es Salaam, putting an end to the service which originally operated via Nairobi. The non-stop flights will make available almost 1700 passenger seats to Dar es Salaam per week per direction.

In North Africa, Emirates will add an additional flight every Saturday to power-house Egypt's capital city, Cairo, bringing its total to 10 flights a week, starting October 29.

To Cairo, Emirates currently operates flights on all days of the week and a double daily on Tuesday and Friday.

Continuing with its strategy of enhancing links between Dubai and North Africa, Emirates recently announced its decision to serve Tunis via Tripoli.

Tunis will be the eighth gateway in a series of new destination launches this year for the rapidly-expanding airline, the others being Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Hamburg, Nagoya, Beijing, Thiruvananthapuram and Kolkata, and Bangalore which joins the airline's network together with Tunis on October 29.

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