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Qatar Airways inks codeshare deal to increase flights to Africa

Doha carrier signs agreement with South Africa's Comair to place code on flights to key African cities

Qatar Airways inks codeshare deal to increase flights to Africa

Qatar Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with Comair, a franchise of British Airways, that will add three new African destinations to its route map.

Comair is based in South Africa and is an affiliate member of the oneworld alliance through its licence agreement with British Airways.

Effective from February 23, Qatar Airways will place its code on flights that have British Airways livery, operated by its franchise Comair, from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, Harare, Victoria Falls, and Port Elizabeth.

Qatar Airways said it will also place its code on flights operated by Comair from Cape Town to Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Comair has hub operations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, South Africa.

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Africa is on the move, and travellers deserve better itineraries for their travel needs. Expanding our network with Comair was a natural progression of our investment in Africa and our desire to make it easier to visit this exciting part of the world, and for the families, businesses and organisations based here to connect globally.

"With this agreement, more than 150 destinations in the Qatar Airways network now connect easily to these business, adventure travel and cultural capitals.”

Erik Venter, Comair’s CEO, added: “We are delighted to be adding Qatar Airways to our growing list of strategic airline partnerships and we are excited about exploring additional opportunities to expand the relationship.”

This partnership complements the recent expansion of Qatar Airways operations into South Africa. In December, Qatar Airways started four-times-weekly service to Durban and increased service from 10 weekly flights to Johannesburg to 14.

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