Dubai-based low-cost carrier Fly Dubai said it has become the first UAE airline to provide direct air links to the Tanzanian city of Kilimanjaro, thus expanding its network in Africa to 12 destinations with 14 flights a week.
With this launch, the Dubai budget airline is offering six flights a week to the Tanzanian city, three of which are via a stop in the capital, Dar es Salaam.
The inaugural flight of flydubai touched down yesterday (December 15) landed in Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) at 7.45am (local time) carrying a delegation led by Sudhir Sreedharan, the senior VP, Commercial Operations (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa) for flydubai.
As part of the inaugural programme, flydubai showcased its brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, which had been unveiled for the first time at the Dubai Airshow in November. The service to Kilimanjaro sees the total number of flydubai's destinations in Tanzania increase to three, along with Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, said the statement from flydubai. The carrier began operations to Tanzania in 2014 and has become increasingly popular among travellers from Dubai and the GCC as a tourist destination, and is seeing a steady growth in passenger numbers, it stated.