Emirates plans to launch five-times-weekly nonstop service in September to Dakar in Senegal, which the airline notes is known as the land of ‘Teranga’, or hospitality, because of its friendly and welcoming people.
Dakar will be Emirates’ 106th international destination, and joins Tokyo, Amsterdam, Prague and Madrid as new routes from Dubai for Emirates in 2010. Dakar is the airline’s third new African destination in less than 12 months, after Durban and Luanda joined the network in late 2009.
Starting September 1, Emirates will fly non-stop to Dakar from Dubai five times a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The service will be operated by Airbus A340-300s, offering a three-class configuration of 12 First Class, 42 Business and 213 Economy Class seats.
“We are delighted to announce Dakar as our 19th destination into Africa. This new route further underlines our commitment to Africa, as we seek to continuously strengthen our services across the continent,” says Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “This service will facilitate the smooth transfer of business and leisure travelers as well as cargo.”
Emirates flight EK97 will depart Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 9:55 a.m. and touch down at Dakar’s Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR) at 4:00 p.m. the same day. The return flight will depart DKR at 5:40 p.m., arriving at DXB at 7:15 a.m. the following morning. The service will connect seamlessly to key hubs in the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, Asia and the Far East, according to Emirates.
New York passengers can connect conveniently from EK204, which arrives in Dubai at 8:05 a.m., to Dakar flight EK797.
“As the first direct service between Senegal and the UAE, this new route will deliver a significant boost to our nation’s trade, commerce and tourism industries,” says Karim Wade, Senior Minister of the Ministry of International Cooperation, National Planning, Air Transport and Infrastructure for Senegal.
Economic activity between the two nations continues to blossom, acording to Emirates. Dubai’s non-oil trade with Senegal has increased from $61.9 million per year in 2005 to $130.2 million per year in 2008 – an average annual growth of 28 per cent.
The 18 tons of belly-hold cargo capacity on the Emirates A340-300 will support key Senegalese exports such as fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. Dubai is an important hub for the re-export of African manufactured products to cities in the Mediterranean such as Athens, Larnaca and Beirut.