Tourism boost for Madagascar as Emirates opens new route

Emirates is to start serving Madagascar as an extension to an existing route to the Seychelles.

Flights will run four times a week to the Indian Ocean island from September 3, providing a link to 140 international connections via the airline’s Dubai hub.

Travellers wanting to combine two holidays in one will have the option to fly between the Seychelles island of Mahe and Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Emirates deputy president and chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim said: “Madagascar has historically been underserved, despite growing appetite from travellers for authentic ecotourism experiences. 

“We’re confident that this new service will have a positive impact on boosting Madagascar’s connectivity, offering more opportunities for travellers to discover the hidden gem that is Madagascar, in addition to opening new international business opportunities.

“The Malagasy’s government is spearheading efforts to grow its tourism sector by enticing more tourists to experience the island’s renowned biodiversity and natural attractions.

“Emirates is ready to support Madagascar’s tourism agenda by helping bring visitors from around its network.”

Manambahoaka Valéry Ramonjavelo, minister of transport and meteorology for the world’s fourth largest island, said: “Our agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Madagascar opens the way to this new Antananarivo-Dubai route and represents a significant step forward for the development of tourism and trade between the two countries. 

“This is extremely positive news in more than one way, as it opens a new door between Madagascar and the world, through the Dubai hub, the biggest international hub in passenger numbers.

“It will also introduce the whole world to the incredible touristic and cultural treasures of Madagascar, while also creating opportunities for new business streams.

“The association of our national airline combined with this new Emirates route it will strengthen connectivity for our regions.”

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