Minister of Transport Radhouane Ayara announced Tuesday the launch of a direct flight between Tunisia and Benin (East of the African continent) from December 14, 2017.
Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting on “technical trainers of African airlines” hosted by Tunisia for the first time from October 31 to November 1, 2017,” he added that Tunisair will operate the first flight on this route on December 14 without specifying the number of flights per week “.
Through this new line, the company aims to strengthen its activities on the African continent, said CEO of the company, Ilyes Mnekbi, adding that that the national carrier plans to launch 7 new lines to African countries, in addition to the seven lines recently launched.
He pointed out that “Tunisair has recorded an improvement in the indicators of the movement of passengers on board its fleet during the first nine months of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 despite the difficulties”.
Passenger traffic on Tunisair’s planes increased by 23.1% in September 2017 compared to the same period of 2016.
The company’s commercial traffic grew from 295,140 passengers in 2016 to 363,297 passengers during 2017 while that of regular commercial traffic has risen by 8% (from 270,943 travelers to 292,689) and the charter flights have increased from 4325 travelers to 18031 travelers.
Tunisair’s traffic to African countries (14.3% of the global commercial traffic) went up by 15.5%, in addition to its traffic to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt estimated at a rate of 16.8%