General Travel News

Qatar Airways begins East African Expansion

Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways today announced an expansion of its East African network with 12 additional flights across two capital cities – Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam.

The daily Doha – Nairobi flights have increased to 12-flights-a-week. From January 3, an additional two flights will take capacity up to double daily. The expansion comes after five successful years of operations to Kenya’s capital city.

The Tanzanian capital, Dar Es Salaam, currently served daily, will receive an additional four flights a week from January 2. An additional flight from February 14 will take frequency up to 12 weekly services.

Both routes are operated with an A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.

The African subcontinent is one of Qatar Airways’ largest markets by the number of destinations served – and the region alone makes up over 10% of the airline’s international network.

Qatar Airways, the award-winning Doha-based airline currently flies to 14 cities across Africa, including Alexandria, Algiers, Cairo, Luxor, Casablanca, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Lagos, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, Seychelles, Tripoli and Tunis.

From each of these cities, the airline offers convenient connections via its Doha hub to many points on the airline’s network covering Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and North and South America.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: "We are pleased to introduce additional capacity to Africa and offer the travelling public greater options for air travel to and from the region.

“As part of our growth strategy, we continue to step up frequency on existing routes, which is a strong lever to facilitate growth in the business and tourism sectors.

“We have been serving Nairobi since November 2005 and this has proved one of our biggest success stories in Africa, so we are extremely pleased to be offering our passengers even more choice with additional frequency going up to double daily,” he added.

“Similarly, the Dar Es Salaam route has performed exceptionally well, almost four years old, having launched in January 2007.”

Over the next four months, the airline’s growth focuses on Europe with four new destinations being introduced – Budapest (January 17), Bucharest (January 17), Brussels (January 31), and Stuttgart (March 6), before launching its 100th point to the Syrian city of Aleppo on April 6.

The airline currently operates a modern fleet of 93 aircraft to 95 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North and South America. The latest addition was the French Mediterranean city of Nice on November 24.

By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve 120 destinations worldwide with a fleet of 120 aircraft averaging three years old.

More General Travel News
Constance Halaveli Maldives offers the luxury of space in seclusion
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Readers' Choice Award
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in the GCC
Latest Travel News
Multiple Langham Hotels named in 2020 Re...
Swiss Belhotel to open 4 new hotels in t...
Abu Dhabi and Wizz Air announce establis...
Featured Sights To See
The c Dah happy land park

The c Dah happy land park

Tunis, Tunisia

Inaugurated in 1995, this 11 hectare amusement park is located was the first of its kind to open in Tunisia. It provides a wide array of activities for people of all ages be it children, adults and even toddlers. Beside the amusement area is the Happy Land Park where family lounge in summer days and enjoy the gentle spring breeze. Admission: Ticket cost 0.5 TD Location: Les Berges Du Lac ...

Bonde

Bonde

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The bonde (tram) that travels from Centro up to Saint Teresa is the last of the original historic streetcars that once went thought the city. The bonde travels over the Arcos do Lapa and up Rua Joaquim Murtinho before reaching Largo do Guimaraes. From there one line takes a north-western route before terminating at Largo das Neves. There is a longer route which continues Largo do Guimaraes uphill ...

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo

Dublin, Ireland

What better way to spend the day than to make a trip to the Dublin Zoo, spread over 60 acres and divided into different regions like the Artic zone, plains of Africa and the Indian Rainforest. It houses elephants, tigers, orangutans, chimpanzees, giraffes and many more exotic and endangered species. The zoo is definitely family friendly with rest stops, nursing stations, food outlets and kiosks. K...

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo

Auckland, New Zealand

Address: Auckland Zoo, Motions Rd, Western Springs. Tel: 64 9 360 3800. Timings:     September-May:  9.30AM-5.30PM     June-August:  9.30AM-5PM. There are 150 animal species and 500 animals in various habitats, including the rainforest. Admissions: adults NZ$16, children 4-15 NZ$8, seniors and students with ID NZ$12, family rates are also ...