By Andy Sambidge
Gulf carrier says it will start thrice-weekly service to African nation from July 27
Qatar Airways on Sunday announced a further expansion of its route network in Africa with flights to Djibouti starting in July.
Thrice-weekly non-stop flights will operate from Doha to Djibouti beginning from July 27, the carrier said in a statement.
The announcement comes as Qatar Airways prepares for a busy few months ahead with the launch of scheduled flights to Philadelphia and Larnaca in April; Edinburgh and Istanbul Sabiha in May; Miami and Tokyo Haneda in June and Dallas/Fort Worth in July.
Bordered by Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, Djibouti has an economy that is largely concentrated in the service sector and the country has limited international air services.
“Djibouti is another example of Qatar Airways’ commitment to opening up access to destinations that are largely underserved by international airlines and have great market potential,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
“Just in September last year we launched thrice-weekly operations to neighbouring Ethiopia. We believe that these exciting destinations in the 'Horn of Africa' have great potential linking up with key feeder markets in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and other parts of the world.
“As an airline with an ever expanding global network of 136 destinations, Qatar Airways will be able to fulfil the needs of the travelling public from such markets, and for those wanting to travel there from destinations we serve around the world."
The Doha-Djibouti route will be served with an Airbus A320, with flights scheduled on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.