|Safi Airways this week added a second weekly frequency on its route from Kabul to Abu Dhabi.|
With a fleet of two 737-300s and a 767, Dubai-based Safi Airways operates a growing regional network of scheduled routes from its operational base in Kabul, Afghanistan. This week a second-weekly frequency to Abu Dhabi was launched to complement existing domestic services to Herat, Kandahar and Mazar and regional services to Dubai, Kuwait and Sharjah.
Tilmann Gabriel, President/CEO of Safi Airways stated: “We are extremely pleased to open up a route into Abu Dhabi, which as the city and Emirate represents a key market as we move to extend our international network. We are certain that the Abu Dhabi – Kabul route will serve a growing number of passengers travelling between our two countries, and we are convinced that growing demand will enable us to increase our frequencies in the future.”
|Kabul – Abu Dhabi||2|
|Kabul – Dubai||11|
|Kabul – Herat||6|
|Kabul – Kandahar||2|
|Kabul – Kuwait||1|
|Kabul – Mazar-e-Sheriff||2|
|Kabul – Sharjah||2|
|Dubai – Kandahar||1|
|Dubai – Mazar-e-Sheriff||1|
|Herat – Mazar-e-Sheriff||2|
|Source: Safi Airways website for June|
Competition at Kabul airport comes from Ariana Afghan Airlines (to Dubai and Mazar-e-Sheriff) and Kam Air (to Dubai). The only other airlines currently operating scheduled services to and from Kabul are Indian Airlines (to Delhi), Iran Aseman Airlines (to Mashad) and PIA (to Islamabad and Peshawar).
In mid-June the airline launches its first European route when it begins thrice-weekly flights to Frankfurt using its 767. How influential the airline’s new German Chief Commercial Officer Claus Fischer (ex-Nas Air and ex-dba) was in this decision is not known.