Air Djibouti (IV) the national carrier of Djibouti is keeping to its strategic expansion plans despite the Covid19 pandemic.
Re-inaugurated in August 2016, the airline is set to keep to its expansion plans post pandemic with new routes to Dubai, Nairobi and Cairo. In an interview with the New African, Air Djibouti CEO Abdourahman Ali Abdillahi said, “We will be adding Dubai, Nairobi and also Cairo in the near future. We anticipate having two more routes by 2025 Paris and London, to meet the needs of the diaspora, principally the Comorian community in France and the Somali community in London.”
Currently the airline flies to a number of destinations in Africa including Addis Ababa, Hargeisa and Yemen in the Middle East. “Air Djibouti will start by servicing regional traffic from Ethiopia, Somalia and Saudi Arabia before expanding inland towards Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya, Burundi,” reads a statement on the airline’s website.
Air Djibouti operates a mixed fleet of two Embraer ERJ145s, two Boeing B735, an Airbus A320 and a single B727VIP. “We are also in discussions with Airbus to buy two additional A320s to complete our fleet,” said Abdillahi. The addition of these aircraft will allow Air Djibouti to expand to more destinations serving tourism and commerce in the “Horn of Africa.”
The airline has been working in enhancing its in-house skills with training of engineering staff conducted in China in the first quarter of 2020. Air Djibouti has five female pilots as part of its cockpit crew.
Demand for air travel is expected to remain supressed within the coming months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Countries that have lifted restrictions are putting in health protocols that are aimed to curbing the virus.
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