Low cost carrier Flydubai has begun daily flights to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa.
The inaugural service from Dubai International Airport to Kinshasa International Airport via Entebbe touched down at 2:20pm on Sunday.
Flydubai said it was the first UAE carrier to offer flights to Kinshasa.
“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,” said Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith.
Flydubai will codeshare on the route with sister airline Emirates.
FZ617 will leave Dubai International’s Terminal 2 from April 15 at 8:00am each day and arrive at Entebbe International Airport at 12:20pm. It will then leave Entebbe at 1:20pm and arrive in Kinshasa at 2:20pm.
Return flight FZ618 will leave Kinshasa at 3:20pm, arrive in Entebbe at 8:15pm and then depart at 9:15pm for a 3:45am arrival in Dubai the next day.
Flydubai said in a previous announcement of the route that economy fares would start at Dhs2,700 ($735) and business fares Dhs6,000 ($1,634)
The airline also has African routes to Addis Ababa, Alexandria, Asmara, Djibouti, Entebbe, Hargeisa, Juba, Khartoum, Port Sudan, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar.
Flydubai also began flights to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik and Polish city of Krakow last week.
It will launch flights to Catania in Italy and Thessaloniki in Greece in June.