Emirates will launch flights to Madagascar from 3 September 2024.

The four-weekly flights between Dubai (DXB) and Antananarivo (TNR) will operate via the Seychelles, an existing Emirates destination.

EK707 will depart from Dubai to the Seychelles at 0855, arriving in Mahe at 1335, and will continue on to Antananarivo to land at 1650.

The return flight EK708 departs Antananarivo at 1835, landing in Mahe at 2220. The flight then takes off from Mahe at 2350 to Dubai, landing at 0420 the next day.

Flights will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

This will be a fifth freedom service, meaning passengers may purchase tickets exclusively between Mahe and Antananarivo.

Emirates says that tourism is a key pillar in Madagascar’s economy, contributing to the creation of thousands of employment opportunities that support the country’s goal to serve a million tourists by 2028.

Emirates is also in discussion with Air Madagascar to offer further connectivity to promote tourism and trade.

The Dubai- Antananarivo route will be served by Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with eight first class suites, 42 business class seats and 310 seats in economy class.

“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,” said airline deputy president and chief commercial officer, Adnan Kazim.