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Etihad Airways to begin daily flights to Dar es Salaam

Tanzania has the sixth largest population in Africa, with over four million people living in the largest city, Dar es Salaam. (Image source: Aero Icarus /Flickr)

Etihad Airways has announced its daily service to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania from Abu Dhabi, in a move to expand its African route network

The airline said that the flights between Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam would officially start on 1 December 2014.

Dar es Salaam will be Etihad Airways’ 110th destination globally and its 11th destination in Africa and the Indian Ocean, added the airline.

Moris Pholeli, vice-president of Etihad Airways, said, “Dar es Salaam is one of the first growing cities in the world and we have decided to enter into the market by starting operating with Airbus A320 aircraft, with 16 business class and 120 economy class seats.”

The daily schedule will offer two-way connectivity from Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi with 45 destinations across the Middle East, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, North and Southern Asia and Australia, added Pholeli.

According to James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways, Dar es Salaam is an important new route on Etihad Airways’ global network. “It builds on our existing presence in Africa and supports the close trading relationship between the UAE and Tanzania,” Hogan added.