Emirates have announced that its Dubai-Lusaka-Harare route would become a daily service from October 1st, 2012. The linked service currently operates five times a week and Emirates for the route has carried over 43,000 passengers to date.
Jean Luc Grillet, senior vice president of commercial operations for Africa said: “A daily service to Lusaka and Harare means more, with an increased cargo capacity of 40% will facilitate more export business opportunities for both countries, forging greater trade links.”
Tourism is another key beneficiary, with Emirates’ Lusaka service supporting the Zambia Tourism Board’s target for increasing visitor arrivals by 22.5% to one million visitors in 2012. It is also expected that Emirates’ flights to Harare will support the Tourism Ministry’s projections that the sector will contribute over US$5 billion to the Zimbabwean economy by 2015.
The Dubai-Lusaka-Harare service is operated by an A330-200 aircraft in a three-class configuration, offering 12 First Class seats, 42 seats in Business Class and 183 passengers in Economy Class.