TAP flies to Mali from 5 June
Thursday 28, April 2011
From 5 June, TAP is launching regular flights to Bamako, Mali's capital, operating three services a week. The service will use A320 aircraft, leaving Lisbon on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 10.00pm and arriving in Bamako at 1.10am (the following day). On the return journey, flights leave Mali on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, taking off at 2.00am and landing in Lisbon at 7.05am.
Bamako is one of three new destinations to the African mainland unveiled this year, reemphasising TAP’s key positioning in Africa, resulting from its continuous growth strategy of the last few years, which has contributed to the Lisbon hub’s competitive boost and the bolstering of European routes. Just last year, the airline increased its African operation by 12 per cent, carrying 602,000 passengers, and is aiming to hit a 13 per cent growth target in 2011.
Mali is a destination with all the characteristics needed to answer very diverse travel objectives and route plans, with its history as an influential and prosperous region on the Sahara trade routes. Mali’s economy is in stable and sustained growth, essentially based on agriculture and gold (3rd largest African producer, after South Africa and Ghana), and is a French-speaking country with potential for European traffic, especially from France, and for tourism development, particularly for the Sahara desert and the legendary city of Timbuktu.
Today, Bamako, a human heritage city, is a vibrant African capital, with its colourful markets, good hotel and restaurant offering, lively nightlife and a rich and varied music scene.
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