When asked at the launch of the Airbus A350XWB in early January in Doha about the prospects for Africa did Qatar Airways’ Group CEO Akbar Al Baker promptly say that Africa was underserved and that the airline would continue to grow destinations and capacity to the continent.
True to his word has Qatar Airways now announced the addition of Durban in South Africa to their growing network spanning from Doha into Africa. Come December will South Africa’s main port city on the Indian Ocean get four flights per week, routing via Johannesburg to where the added flights will then up frequencies from the present10 to double daily. Durban is not only South Africa’s but Africa’s busiest port but has also gained fame as a major tourism city which sprang into the global spotlight during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Infrastructure upgrades and modernization of the Durban airport and the public transport system has since then seen more airlines fly to Durban and Qatar Airways’ adding flights later this year will go a long way to connect Durban to the world and the world to Durban.
Qatar Airways presently operates nearly 150 flights a week from their hub airport Hamad International in Doha to 19 African destinations and Durban will make it a round 20 when flights commence on the 17th of December.