21 Sep 2014 10:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its African route network with the launch of a daily service to Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania.
Flights between Abu
Dhabi and Dar es Salaam, which commence on 1 December 2015, will be operated using
Airbus A320 aircraft with 16 Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats.
Dar es Salaam will be
Etihad Airways’ 110th destination globally, and its 11th
destination in Africa and the Indian Ocean. The
daily schedule will offer two-way connectivity over Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu
Dhabi, with convenient onward connections to 45 popular destinations across the
Middle East, Europe, the Indian Subcontinent, North and Southeast Asia,
In particular, it is anticipated that the demand for
the new route will be boosted by strong flows of business and leisure
travellers, as well as cargo volumes, between the East Africa region and the
Indian Subcontinent and China.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Dar es Salaam
is an important new route on Etihad Airways’ global network. It builds upon our
existing presence in Africa, and supports the close trading relationship
between the United Arab Emirates and Tanzania.”
The UAE is
the primary trade partner of Tanzania in the GCC region. Between 2007 and 2012,
trade between UAE and Tanzania increased by more than 350 per cent to US$761
“Africa has one of the world’s fastest growing regional economies, and
the launch of this new
route also enhances access and the two-way flow of trade and tourism between the
continent and key destinations across our global network, supports inbound tourism, encourages
investment, and provides much needed local employment,” he added.
Tanzania has the
sixth largest population in Africa (51 million), with over four million people
living in the largest city, Dar es Salaam. The large proportion of the community consist of market traders
and proprietors of small businesses whose families originated from the Middle
East and Indian Subcontinent—areas of the world with which the settlements of
the Tanzanian coast have had long-standing trading relations.
The country is also developing quickly, and currently has around US$19
billion in transport and utilities infrastructure projects being planned. China
is playing a key role in financing these major projects, and is fast becoming
the East African country’s leading trade partner, with trade between the two
countries growing to US$3.7 billion in 2013.
In 2013, Tanzania was also named one of the world’s most
sought after destinations for leisure travellers, and is blessed with numerous
national and international tourist attractions including Mt. Kilimanjaro, the wildlife-rich national parks of the
Serengeti, and the
spice island of Zanzibar.
has the second largest economy in East Africa, and Dar es Salaam provides a
strategic gateway for the transportation of goods and commerce to
the surrounding six land-locked countries of Zambia,
Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.