Qatar Airways has launched a major expansion into South Africa with flights to Durban, and increased weekly trips to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flights to Durban via Johannesburg will be available from 17 December 2015, with four flights operating every week, increasing the total amount of flights to Johannesburg from ten weekly flights to two services daily.
Starting from 1 October 2015, daily flights to Cape Town will be available ahead of the winter tourism season, ensuring a total of five flights per week.
The launch creates three routes into South Africa, all serviced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
With 254 passenger seats across Business and Economy Class, all Business Class seats are able to recline a full 180 degrees. Passengers can stay connected, uninterrupted, during the entire flight through wireless facilities for internet and SMS mobile services.
Johannesburg is the largest source of manufacturing in South Africa with multinational companies and an incredibly busy port. Durban is quickly establishing itself as the second biggest industrial source on the African continent.
Qatar Airways executive chief Akbar Al Baker said, “At Qatar Airways we strive to provide our passengers with the best of service levels on the ground and on board our modern fleet … 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.”
Rapidly growing over its 18 years existence, Qatar Airways now services 146 destinations with a 147-strong fleet.