Emirates recently announced its intent to connect to Bamako, the capital of Mali. The new route will commence from 25 October 2015.
Once services commence, it will become Emirates’ 28th destination in Africa and sixth in West Africa, further strengthening the region’s connectivity.
Bamako will be linked to Emirates’ current four times weekly service to Dakar, which is operated by an Emirates Airbus A340-300. The aircraft offers 12 seats in first class, 42 in business class and 213 in economy class.
“There is currently no direct service between Dubai and Bamako. Mali has a growing economy and huge tourism potential. The service will greatly boost both business and leisure travel,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates senior vice president, commercial operations, Northern and Western Africa.
Mali is one of Africa’s top gold producers, and it also boasts four UNESCO world heritage sites, which are the famous city of Timbuktu, the Old Towns of Djenne, the Tomb of Askia and the Cliff of Bandiagara.
The flight to Bamako will depart on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 0720hrs and arrive in Bamako at 1310hrs. It will then depart Bamako at 1440hrs and arrive in Dakar at 1630hrs. The return flight will depart Dakar at 1800hrs and arrive back in Dubai at 0730hrs the next morning.