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DOHA - Africa, and particularly the continent’s middle class, will continue to show sustained growth over the next 20 years. In addition to increased business and leisure traffic cargo demand will also rise. Qatar Airways, together with our partners on the continent is well placed to serve this demand.” says Hendrik du Preez, Vice President for Africa. 

The opportunities in the African Aviation sphere are immense and Qatar Airways is ready to embrace them with both hands. The Qatari based airline is establishing new routes whilst increasing frequencies on the already established routes.

According to IATA’s projections of market growth, Africa is expected to grow at a rate of 5.4% per annum and by 2040 the African Aviation market will be valued at USD 400 Billion.

As a way of strengthening its footprint in Africa, Qatar Airways continued its operations in the African countries that kept their skies open for both cargo and passengers during the COVID19 pandemic. When pandemic settled the airline then took on its strategy of growth and expansion in Africa.

With the great opportunities that are in the biggest African Economy thus Nigeria, the airline launched flights to Kano state and also Port Harcourt. To Kano the airline operates 4 weekly flights while operating 3 weekly flights to Port Harcourt all through Abuja the capital. The airline is now celebrating its 1st anniversary of these routes that have made Nigeria the Airline’s most connected African country with double daily flights to Lagos and a daily flight to Abuja. 

In June 2022, the airline resumed its flights to Windhoek – Namibia and a month later Qatar Airways signed a Codeshare agreement with Airlink, a South African domestic and regional airline. The main goal of signing the codeshare with one of South Africa’s biggest domestic airline was to increase its footprint in the Southern Africa Region. The airline is now targeting on meeting the projected demand on different routes in Africa.

The airline has increased frequencies from its Hub in Doha to different African cities for example Lusaka and Harare, the airline is now flying daily. The Cape town route is further growing from 10 weekly flights to double daily. Effective 25th March, 2023, the Doha – Accra route will be served on a daily. Qatar Airways now operates in 29 destinations in Africa with 190 weekly flights. Worldwide the airline serves 150 destinations in all continents through its hub at Hamad International Airport – Doha, Qatar.