The Dubai-based airline, Emirates, has announced that it will launch flights to Bamako, the capital city of Mali, from October 25 this year.  Bamako will be Emirates’ 28th destination in Africa and its sixth destination in West Africa. The service will also link the airline’s current four-times-weekly service to Dakar in Senegal, that is operated by an Airbus A340-300. “Currently, there is no direct service between Dubai and Bamako,” said Emirates senior vice president of commercial operations in Northern and Western Africa, Adil Al Ghaith. “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.” With the new service, Emirates will connect Bamako to 24 cities in the Far East and Australasuia and 16 destinations in the Middle East via its Dubai hub.

Bamako, which has a population of 2.3 million, is located in the south-western part of Mali on the Niger River.   Read More