Emirates will start flights to Bamako, the capital of Mali, from October 25 – its 28th destination in Africa.
Bamako will be linked to Emirates’ current four times a week service to Dakar, Senegal, by an Airbus A340-300 in a three-class configuration.
“Mali has a growing economy and huge tourism potential, and we expect that linking Bamako to our Dakar service will greatly boost both business and leisure travel to and from Mali,” said Adil Al Ghaith, the senior vice president at Emirates.
Bamako has a population of about 2,3 million people, and is located in the south western part of Mali on the Niger River. Mali has four Unesco world heritage sites: the city of Timbuktu, the Old Towns of Djenne, the Tomb of Askia and the Cliff of Bandiagara.
Emirates said last year that it expected to add at least 10 new routes in Africa by 2025.
In October it reached a deal with the Angolan government to manage the national carrier, TAAG Linhas Aéreas De Angola, while in August, Emirates signed a partnership with Nigeria’s Arik Air, penning up new routes throughout western Africa for the carrier.
The Dubai carrier recently announced a new route to Bologna, which will start from November 3, Multan in Pakistan, which begins from August 1, and Mashhad in Iran from September 1.
Follow The National’s Business section on Twitter