Harare – Qatar Airways will from August operate flights to Zambia and Zimbabwe in a development expected to enhance tourism in the two countries.
The airline, one of the world’s largest with a wide network of routes, brings in the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner to connect destinations in Asia, Europe and North America through the Middle Eastern country.
Flights will start on August 6 on a three-day weekly schedule on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Qatar Airways will fly from Doha to Lusaka before connecting to Harare the following day and then back to Lusaka before heading to Doha.
This will be the airline’s fifth and sixth new destinations launched in Africa since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Africa’s inherent potential has become a major draw-card for investment linking destinations on the continent to 140 other destinations in the world.
With the two new routes, the carrier will operate over 100 weekly flights to 27 destinations in Africa.
Qatar Airways group chief executive Mr Akbar Al Baker said, “Africa continues to be an area of strong growth for Qatar Airways and launching this service will support the development of the economy and tourism sector in both countries.
“Not only do we continue to rebuild our network after the pandemic, but we are actively expanding it with the addition of these two key destinations. These are the fifth and sixth new destinations in Africa added to our network since the start of the pandemic, taking our total new destinations added across the globe to 10.”
Growing economic activity between Zambia and Zimbabwe with countries in Europe, Asia and America from various points in China had prompted addition of the routes.
The airline has received 5-star Skytrax ratings on four different occasions for guaranteeing passengers of world class travel.