Qatar Airways expanding in Africa

The Middle Eastern carrier has announced big expansion plans for the African continent.

Qatar Airways has said it will be expanding its offering in the African continent through new routes whilst increasing frequencies on others.

The middle-eastern operator launches a new daily service to Accra on March 25, whilst increasing capacity with double-daily flights to Cape Town – up from 10 flights a week.

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Qatar has also added more flights on its Doha-Lusaka, Zambia-Harare, Zimbabwe route, with these now becoming daily.

The increase in African services marks a further commitment to the continent from the airline, who are celebrating the first anniversary of its routes to Kano and Port Harcourt in Nigeria.

Flights to Windhoek resumed in June 2022, whilst Maputo, Mozambique, received an increase in frequency too.

Hendrik du Preez, Qatar’s Vice President for Africa, said: “We were the only carrier to continue operating to Africa throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and its immediate aftermath. This has put us in a favourable position to grow our services across the continent as economies begin to expand again and more people start travelling.”

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Following this, at the ITB Berlin 2023 exhibition Qatar Airline’s group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker announced seven new routes for 2023, including Juba, Kinshasa and Trabzon.

Also announced was the resumption of 11 routes, including Casablanca, Marrakesh and Ras Al-Khaimah.

Qatar Airlines said these new routes and resumptions are planned to start this year.