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October 8, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa: Qatar Launches Daily Flights to SA

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Sunset PlaneQatar Airways will soon launch daily flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town, according to recent reports. The airline, which flies to over 151 cities across the globe, will also fly to Durban. Qatar Airways manager for South Africa, Jonathan Minentte, made the announcement at the World Routes Strategy Summit at the Durban ICC on September 20, 2015. 

These additional flights are set to inject millions of Rands into the local economy each year, and according to KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Michael Mabuyakhulu, the addition of the Durban leg will be a he boost to the city and province. “It will link us to 151 additional destinations,” he said. “We are still working out exactly what the economic benefits will be, but it will be a catalyst for growth.”

He went on to say that although passengers need to remain on board in "Joburg" before heading to Doha, the introduction of the flights was an important stepping stone for getting the city back on the international flights roster. “The aviation industry bases its routes on passenger numbers. As we [Durban] increase the numbers, we will increase the frequency of flights, and then move on to direct flights.” 

“Accessibility is a key feature needed to achieve sustainable economic growth and prosperity, and it is in that spirit that we continue to provide services and improve the provision of world-class transport and logistics infrastructure,” Mabuyakhulu concluded. 

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