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Qatar Airways announces new push into South Africa

Doha carrier says to launch flights to Durban as well as add frequencies to Johannesburg and Cape Town

Qatar Airways announces new push into South Africa
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Qatar Airways has announced a major expansion in South Africa with the launch of flights to Durban while simultaneously increasing its weekly frequencies to Johannesburg.

The Doha-based airline said it will also increase its weekly frequency to Cape Town, increasing from five flights a week to a daily service.

Effective from December 17, the airline will launch four new weekly flights to Durban via Johannesburg bringing the total frequency to Johannesburg up from 10 weekly flights to a double-daily service, it said in a statement.

From October 1, Qatar Airways said it will operate daily flights to Cape Town ahead of the busy 2015/16 winter travel season, an increase from five weekly flights this winter.

Durban will be Qatar Airways’ third route to South Africa following Johannesburg and Cape Town, both of which started in January 2005. All three routes will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Durban is an important gateway into South Africa and we are very confident that this route will be warmly welcomed like all our other routes in the African continent.”

Africa is key to Qatar Airways’ global network expansion strategy and the airline currently operates 140 flights per week to 19 African gateways.

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