Qatar Airways deepening its roots in Africa

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Qatar Airways? brand new Airbus A320 is parked at Entebbe International Airport after its inaugural flight from Doha, Qatar. Photo -

Qatar Airways has added Libyan port city of Benghazi and Ugandan city of Entebbe as the two new destinations to its African portfolio. The two cities of Africa now make the total of 16 destinations that are covered by Doha-based Qatar Airways global network.

Akbar Al Baker, CEO Qatar Airways, committed further to grow their regional operations, and add many more to their list. Globally, the airline now serves more than 100 destinations with Africa playing a significant role.

According to Al Baker, there is a great scope in Africa as many areas are still not catered by any international airlines. He believes that the launch of two routes in two days in Africa is noticeable as last time they ventured here was 4 years ago.

Qatar Airways have ventured into 14 new markets this year with an average rate of more than one every month, showing the phenomenal growth of the airlines. It also began the first of twice-weekly dedicated freigh services to Ugandan city of Entebbe.

Doha-based airlines insists launch of new daily non-stop flights from Uganda to Doha, marks the long term commitment and high level of service to the travelling public. Al Baker further announced that Africa has been the focus this month starting from Benghazi and Entebbe, with many more such future plans for growth.

?Announcing the launch of Uganda flights six months ago, Qatar airways received a positive feedback from the travel, trade and the business community? the CEO said. The non stop link to Entebbe from Qatar makes an excellent connection with destinations across the Middle East, Europe and Asia Pacific, he added.

Qatar Airways is known for its comfort, fine cuisine, audio and video entertainment and modern fleet. Skytrax, Industry audit, announced it as ?Airline of the Year 2011? and the only Five Star-ranked carrier to operate scheduled flights to Entebbe. By 2013, it plans to serve more than 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.

Sources:?Business Intelligence Middle East

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