Emirates is to resume service to five African destinations next month, taking its rebuilt network across the continent to 19 cities.

The carrier will relaunch flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Harare on October 1, followed by Mauritius on October 3, and Durban on October 4.

Harare will operate as a twice weekly linked service with the existing Lusaka route, while the carrier said that flights from Dubai to Mauritius will initially operate weekly, “supporting the Mauritian government’s repatriation efforts to bring its citizens home, and enabling the recovery of the country’s tourism industry by safely connecting leisure travellers from Europe, the Far East and the Middle East to the popular Indian Ocean island destination”.

The latest additions bring Emirates’ network to 92 destinations worldwide, and follows the recent resumption of flights to Amman, Abuja and Lagos.

The figure is still well below the 140-odd destinations served by the carrier before the onset of Covid-19 – Emirates’ chief operating officer Adel Al Redha recently told CNBC that the airline expected to be serving all of its destinations by summer 2021.

Emirates anticipates return to full network by summer 2021