Qatar Airways augments Southern Africa footprint with Airlink interline agreement

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A Qatar Airways airliner taking off. PHOTO/COURTESY

Qatar Airways has signed an interline agreement with regional airline Airlink, further expanding its presence in the Southern Africa region.

The agreement with Airlink will provide passengers seamless connectivity via Cape Town, and Johannesburg to more than 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa including; Gaborone, Maun, Tete, Port Elizabeth, Lusaka, Harare and Victoria Falls.

Qatar Airways’ passengers will benefit from access to more than 25 domestic destinations via the most on-time South African airline for 2020 as measured by the Airport’s Company of South Africa.

“As the most connected airline during the pandemic with a network that never fell below 30 destinations, we strive to continue to offer more flexibility and options for our passengers. We are delighted to sign this interline agreement with Airlink to further expand our network in the region connecting passengers to more than 25 domestic and more than 20 regional destinations. With the borders in South Africa being closed for five months, we are thrilled to re-enter the market with additional connections in South Africa and beyond,” Qatar Airways Vice President for Africa, Hendrik Du Preez, said.

On his part, Airlink CEO Rodger Foster expressed enthusiasm in inking the deal with the UAE based airline.

 “We are proud and excited about our new interline commercial agreement with Qatar Airways. We have a deep respect for Qatar Airways, its values and its global reach. We are confident that the relationship will deliver enhanced travel options to customers given the designed interconnectivity that will be enabled at OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. Airlink’s offering of connectable destinations includes most key points within Southern Africa,” Mr. Foster added.

Last month the airline re-introduced three-weekly flights to Mogadishu, Somalia. The airline is operating the service as a tagged flight to its existing operations to Djibouti which resumed in August. The resumption of the three-weekly flights to Mogadishu has seen Qatar Airways’ network in Africa expand to nine destinations. With the addition of Mogadishu, the airline now operates 40 weekly flights to the continent across nine destinations including Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Tunis, and Zanzibar.

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