KIA joins flydubai East African Network

Dubai-based airline, flydubai, has increased the number of international airlines that continues to use Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), after the airline announced its launch of services between Dubai and Kilimanjaro via Dar es Salaam with two flights a week starting 17 October 2014.

The airline, which is going to have a network of 12 destinations in Africa with the recent addition of Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, will fly to Kilimanjaro on Mondays and Fridays,

“FZ673 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 06:40hrs local time, arriving into Kilimanjaro International Airport at 13:25hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Dar es Salaam, while FZ674 is scheduled to depart Kilimanjaro International Airport at 16:10hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 01:00hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Dar es Salaam,” reads part of a statement released by flydubai.

Commenting on the launch of flights, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “With the addition of these three new destinations in Tanzania (Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam) we’ve doubled our network in North and East Africa this year, strengthening our commitment to serving previously underserved markets.”

“Our ever-expanding network supports Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020 that aims to attract20 million visitors to the Emirate by 2020. By offering reliable, affordable and convenient travel services from Tanzania, we provide passengers with the opportunity to travel to Dubai and connect onwards to more than 200 worldwide destinations through Dubai International Airport,” commented Sudhir Sreedharan, Senior Vice President Commercial (GCC, Subcontinent and Africa)

Tanzania is a regional hub for tourism in East Africa and in 2013; the country welcomed over 1 million tourists. According to the Tanzania Tourism Board (TTB), this figure looks set with to double with 2 million tourists forecast by 2017.

Kilimanjaro International Airport, the gateway to Africa’s wildlife heritage, strategically situates within a close proximity of renowned tourist hot spots such as Mount Kilimanjaro, The Serengeti National park as well as the Ngorongoro conservation area which have all been designated as the winners among the seven natural wonders of Africa in 2013.

“The service between Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) and Dubai is a valuable contribution to our network”, stated Mattijs Smith, Managing Director of Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO). “With the flydubai flight KIA will be able to serve the new growing trader traffic market in an addition to the traditional tourist segment”.

The service between Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) and Dubai will commence on 17 October 2014. flydubai will also operate two flights a week between Dubai and Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam starting from 19 October 2014, while making daily flights to Dar es Salaam.

Flight Details:

Kilimanjaro via Dar Es Salaam
flydubai will operate two flights a week between Dubai and Kilimanjaro via Dar Es Salaam starting from 17 October 2014.

Mondays and Fridays: FZ673 is scheduled to depart Dubai International Terminal 2 at 06:40hrs local time, arriving into Kilimanjaro International Airport at 13:25hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Dar es Salaam.

FZ674 is scheduled to depart Kilimanjaro International Airport at 16:10hrs local time, landing at Dubai International Terminal 2 at 01:00hrs local time with a one-hour stopover in Dar es Salaam.

Round trip fares
Economy Class return fares from Dubai to Kilimanjaro will start at AED 1,850 including 20kg checked baggage, while Business Class return fares will start at AED 7,500 and are inclusive of all taxes and 40kg checked baggage.These are special inaugural fares valid for one month.

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