Qatar Airways will launch new services between Doha and Durban on 17 December 2015. The four-times-weekly service to Durban further complements the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double daily flights to Johannesburg. Travellers can now choose from a total of 21 flights a week to South Africa from Qatar Airways’ hub Hamad International Airport.
Known for its beautiful beaches and warm seas, Durban enjoys 300-plus days of sunshine during the year, ideal for surfing and shopping at its various outdoor markets.
Qatar and South Africa have a very strong trade relationship, further strengthened by Durban’s significant economic growth which has been bolstered by a number of multinational companies recently building their presence in the city. Qatar Airways’ new route will help to meet a growing demand from passengers seeking business and leisure trips to Durban and will better serve travellers from South Africa seeking greater connections to the Middle East, Europe, United States, Asia Pacific and South Asia.
“Qatar is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners in the Middle East and we are proud to strengthen this business relationship with the launch of our new route connecting Durban directly to Doha. With its excellent aviation infrastructure and the development of the Dube TradePort, we expect the number of business and employment opportunities in Durban to increase,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, who will travel on board the inaugural Qatar Airways Boeing 787-Dreamliner on 17 December 2015.
“Durban’s prestige is recognised by the world-class events it has been chosen to host, further reinforcing the city’s strong and vibrant future as a global tourism destination,” added H.E. Mr Al Baker.
Both Doha and Durban will each host major global events in 2022; Doha will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and during the same year, Durban will host the XXII Commonwealth Games.