Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Emirates eyes direct flights to Ugandan capital

Emirates Airline said on Tuesday it is planning to launch direct flights to Uganda from March.
To date, Emirates’ Entebbe route has been operated as a linked service with Addis Adaba but it will start direct services to the city from March 25, the airline said in a statement.
“As demand for our Entebbe service continues to grow, customers can now enjoy the convenience of a non-stop air link with Dubai," said Jean Luc Grillet, senior vice president of Commercial Operations for Africa.
“Entebbe is an important market for Emirates in the East African region and we are dedicated to ensuring our customers have access to the highest service standards both in the air and on the ground,” added Grillet.
Emirates will operate an Airbus A330-200 on its Entebbe routes.
With a fleet of 168 aircraft, Emirates currently serves 20 destinations in the African continent, with new services to Lusaka, Zambia and Harare, Zimbabwe starting next month.
Zambia and Zimbabwe, which share a border with the Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, will be linked with a five times weekly flight from Dubai, starting from February 1.