Strengthening its operations in West
Africa, Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline plan to launch
services to Cote D’Ivoire starting 1st February 2006.Emirates will operate four times a week to Abidjan via Accra, flying every
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Abidjan, the commercial centre of
Cote D’Ivoire, will enhance the airline’s African network to 12 destinations
in 11 countries. It will also be Emirates’ third gateway in the West African
region, after Lagos and Accra.
Emirates will operate an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route offering 12
First, 42 Business and 183 Economy class seats as well as 17 tonnes of
belly-hold cargo capacity.
Emirates Group Chairman His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said:
“Emirates is delighted to offer its customers another exciting destination.
The start of air transport links between Dubai and Cote D’Ivoire heralds the
start of a relationship between our people in the business community, the
leisure travel industry and in the air freight industry.”
Sheikh Ahmed noted: “Emirates’ services to Abidjan will provide Ivorian
traders and businessmen access to new markets in the Middle East, Europe and
Far East via the airline’s hub in Dubai.”
He added: “The Emirates’ Abidjan-Dubai services will also open up a 75-plus
strong, global destination network to large areas of West Africa including
The Republic of Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Niger.”