Qatar Airways’ Mogadishu flights back on

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A Qatar Airways airliner taking off. PHOTO/COURTESY

Qatar Airways yesterday re-introduced three-weekly flights to Mogadishu, Somalia, which will be operated by an Airbus A320 featuring 12 seats in Business class and 120 seats in Economy class.

The airline will operate this service as a tagged flight to its existing operations to Djibouti which resumed last month. The resumption of three-weekly flights to Mogadishu will see Qatar Airways’ network in Africa expand to nine destinations. With the addition of Mogadishu, the airline will similarly operate 40 weekly flights to the continent across nine destinations including Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Tunis, and Zanzibar. The airline resumed 14 weekly flights to Nairobi on August 7.

“We are delighted to resume flights to the capital of Somalia. Mogadishu is considered to be the most populous city in Somalia and with our flights, passengers will be able to enjoy Qatar Airways wide network via our home and hub, Hamad International Airport, which was recently voted the Best Airport in the Middle East. Passengers flying Qatar Airways will benefit from our extensive international network in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the we lead the way in keeping Africa connected to the world. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.

“Qatar Airways remains committed to providing global connectivity to markets across Africa through the launch of new destinations along with the rapid resumption of services suspended due to the pandemic. We look forward to welcoming our passengers back on board to explore our growing network in Africa,” Mr. Al Baker added.

Apart from Mogadishu, the airline has also resumed flights to Kathmandu in Nepal on September 5 and it has similarly announced plans to re-introduce flights to Philadelphia on September 16 respectively.

Since the onset of the pandemic Qatar Airways’ network has never fallen below 30 destinations with continuous services to five continents, enabling the airline to accumulate experience in carrying passengers safely and reliably despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The national carrier of the State of Qatar has led the recovery of international air travel with the airline rebuilding its network to more than 550 weekly flights to over 85 destinations across six continents.

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