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New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Jul 4, 2010

Air France KLM KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will extend their present 5 weekly connections from Amsterdam to Entebbe on to Kigali, Rwanda by the end of October of this year, according to an aviation source close to the carrierOs Kampala office. The airline will continue to use their Airbus A330-200 equipment on the route, which is operated in a two-class configuration of Business and Economy. It could not be established by the time of going to press if the flight will then return nonstop from Kigali to Amsterdam or make another stop en route again in Entebbe. Going by the flight operations into East Africa by Brussels Airlines, it is more than likely that a routing AMS-EBB-KGL-AMS will be on the cards. Tourism sources in Rwanda this correspondent spoke with earlier in the week expressed excitement about the prospect of having another major European airline fly into the country and provide much needed seats, besides the cargo space also available then for imports and exports. Airline sources were, however, guarded when asked about the prospect of eventually going daily, when the Kigali extension had taken root, but should traffic growth meet expectations, this will likely be the next announcement. Jun 28, 2010

Dubai Airports Dubai envisions building "world's busiest" airport. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, home of the world's tallest building, has set its sites high again. The city-state wants to build what it envisions as the world's busiest airport, rivaling Atlanta's. Opening this weekend to cargo flights, and in March 2011 for passenger operations, Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International airport is expected to cost $32 billion to construct over 20 years. Jun 28, 2010

El Al Israel Airlines El Al will launch 17-times-weekly Tel Aviv-Eilat service Aug. 1. Jul 1, 2010

Emirates Airlines Emirates has launched a new pre-paid additional baggage tool on its website. Passengers who travel with additional baggage can take a 15 percent discount on standard airport rates when they pay ahead. Passengers departing from most Emirates airports, including the airlineOs four US gateways: New York (JFK), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO), will be able to purchase discounted additional baggage online via EmiratesO website. Ticketed customers may log-in to "Manage a Booking" on Emirates.com within 24 hours of departure to purchase selected amounts of...

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