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Air Senegal receives second A330neo

Posted 4 December 2019 · Add Comment

Air Senegal has taken delivery of its second A330neo. Anuradha Deenapanray Chappard reports.

 

According to CEO Ibrahima Mane, this « efficient tool » will help the airline embark on a new phase of its development in direct line with the strategic plan of the Senegalese authorities aimed at transforming the new Blaise Diagne International Airport of Dakar into a hub. The airport will have a capacity of 10 million passengers by 2035 to sustain the momentum gained by the airline and to make it a success story for the nation and its citizens. The Tourism and Air Transport minister Alioune Sarr, underlined President Macky Sall’s policy and vision to enable the Dakar hub consolidate the tourism industry and enhancing connectivity. Air Senegal had inaugurated two new routes last July namely Ouagadougou and Niamey.

The airline serves 12 destinations and will add 2 new routes by mid December to Marseille and Barcelona operated by its 2 A330neos.

New destinations are also scheduled in Africa (Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria, Accra in Ghana, Nouakchott in Mauritania and Casablanca in Morocco). London, Geneva and the United States (New York and Washington) will be added in 2020.

The airline will further strengthen its network by consolidating its fleet. A MoU has thus been signed for 8 A220s at the Dubai Air Show 2019. Airbus fully supports Air Senegal’s quest to conquer new markets and grow sustainably. 

Air Senegal wants to play a key role in the economic and tourism development of the Teranga land. The determined and efficient Senegalese team headed by Mane has the full support of the government. There are growing challenges like training and huge opportunities to meet the demand of the local population and within the region.

This explains largely the optimism and the ambition of the airline to fly Air Senegal higher in the open skies of the continent while carving the way to make Dakar a hub in West Africa.

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