The Middle Eastern airline Qatar Airways has announced plans to expand its flight operations in South Africa.
The group announced that it plans to operate 28 weekly flights out of the country through March 2021, including:
- There are 7 weekly flights in Cape Town.
- Durban will be increased to 3 weekly flights;
- Johannesburg will be increased to 18 weekly flights.
“We pride ourselves on being the leading international airline connecting South Africa to the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, offering more flexible travel options and a global network of flights that can accommodate passengers, commercial and airline passengers Business partners can leave. ” said Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group.
“South Africa has always been a very important market for us and we continue to show our commitment to the region by adding new routes and constantly increasing frequencies across the continent.”
As global travel recovers in 2021, Al Baker plans to expand its network and offer more connections to and from Africa.
The move was welcomed by Sisa Ntshona, executive director of South African Tourism, who said the additional flights will be a boon to restoring the country’s Covid-19 lockdown.
“This undoubtedly shows the world that South Africa has taken the necessary measures to ensure that it can travel safely in the Covid-19 environment,” he said.
“Air access is important to South Africa as we seek to restore post-Covid and Qatar Airways has an extensive global network connecting travelers via Doha from our source markets.”
Ntshona said Qatar Airways’ move to increase capacity will go a long way in regaining international arrivals.
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