Published August 16, 2010
The Dubai-based Emirates airline has recently announced that it is on September 1, 2010 launching a direct flight between the Senegalese capital, Dakar, and Dubai.
Due to its growing economic status and appeal, Dakar has been attracting a lot of “traffic” yet the one issue most complained about was the actual journey there. Specifically links with Asia were basically non-existent. However, Emirates airline has recently announced a new service which is to become a key link between West Africa and Asia.
Tim Clark, the airline president, says, “The route will establish a whole new artery of trade. Dakar will become significantly closer to key global markets including Middle and Far East.”
The local business community has been suffering for more than a year after Air Senegal International collapsed in 2009 and a link to Dubai which offers five flights a week is a fantastic piece of news. Also, plans are currently underway to establish an aeronautical training centre and airplane maintenance station here.
While many other destinations in the West African region are only accessible through links in Europe, the new service gives hope to Dakar. More business and traffic will undoubtedly secure a better economic position and will help promote tourism in the area.