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Emirates bolsters African network

Emirates is predicting a strong response to its new service to Tunis, thanks to extensive work with travel agents at both ends of the route.

Emirates is predicting a strong response to its new service to Tunis, thanks to extensive work with travel agents at both ends of the route.

The carrier has launched five weekly flights to the capital of the Tunisian Republic from Dubai.

“Given the strong trade links between Dubai and Africa, trader-movement going to the Far East will be an important segment,” said Nasser bin Kherbash, senior vice president, commercial operations Africa, Emirates.

“We are also expecting Middle East tourists to visit Tunis, prompted by the recent campaign of the Tunisian Tourism Board to attract more Gulf and GCC based citizens; both business and leisure travellers.”

In advance of the launch, circulars and sales teams were sent to travel agencies, and the carrier is organising FAM trips for key agents in Dubai, Sharjah & Northern Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

Sales teams in Tunis have hosted a series of training presentations on Emirates Airline, Emirates SkyCargo and Skywards, for the city’s top travel agents.

A team of 20 Tunisians will be employed to work in Emirates’ city, airport and cargo offices, after completing training programmes in Tunis and Dubai.

Emirates has also appointed Badr Abbas, as country manager for Tunis, who has previously headed Emirates' operations in Cyprus, Yemen and Libya.

Flights will depart Dubai at 9am daily except for Fridays and Saturdays, on Airbus A330-200 aircraft in three- and two-class configurations.

Flight EK 747 leaves on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, via Tripoli, and flight EK 749 flies directly to Tunis on Monday and Wednesday.

Emirates’ presence in Africa now includes 82 flights per week to 14 gateways in 12 countries. The carrier’s North African network currently comprises Alexandria, Cairo, Casablanca and Tripoli.

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