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flydubai’s inaugural flight touched down earlier at N’djili Airport (Kinshasa International Airport).
The carrier will operate daily flights to N’djili Airport with an en-route stop in Entebbe.
flydubai is the first national carrier for the UAE to create direct air links to the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, and with the start of the service sees its comprehensive network in Africa grow to 13 destinations in ten countries.
With the start of flights to Kinshasa another gateway is opened up for passengers from the GCC, Russia and the Indian subcontinent into central Africa.
Passengers from Kinshasa have access to more than 90 destinations on the flydubai network and through its codeshare partnership with Emirates can connect easily to destinations spanning six continents in over 80 countries.
Ghaith Al Ghaith, chief executive of flydubai, said on the launch of flights to Kinshasa: “As one of the largest and most populous cities in Africa, Kinshasa, is a key hub for travel and trade.
“Africa is one of the UAE’s emerging trade partners and with the opening of this new route to one of the busiest airports in the Democratic Republic of the Congo there will be further opportunities to strengthen commercial ties across a neighbouring continent with vast natural resources.”
The fast-growing economies of the countries of Africa are important trading markets for the UAE and their increasing prosperity will ensure that their contribution of visitor numbers to Dubai will similarly grow strongly.
flydubai will codeshare this route with Emirates.
With the partnership, passengers can connect easily and conveniently to over 90 of flydubai’s destinations which complement the Emirates route network, spanning six continents in over 80 countries.
For bookings under the codeshare, Emirates passengers receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai in Business and Economy classes.