Qatar Airways debuts Harare-Lusaka route

ZIMBABWEQatar Airways has launched its first flight to Harare and Lusaka bringing connectivity and enhancing trade between the Southern Africa region and the Middle East

The three-times a week Harare service will be operated by the airline’s state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner featuring 22 seats in Business Class seats and 232 seats in Economy Class.

Businesses and traders are set to benefit from the airline’s cargo offering carrying more than 30 tonnes of cargo per week.

Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the coming in of their airline will enhance trade and tourism pushing Africa to compete as the fastest growing economy.

“We have ambitious plans for Africa, which is one of the fastest-growing economic regions of the world, with rising consumer demand and an abundance of natural resources. We see enormous potential in not just outbound travel from Zimbabwe and Zambia, but also inbound traffic from India, UK, and America,” Al Baker said.

“We look forward to strengthening trade and tourism links between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and destinations on the Qatar Airways network, and steadily growing these routes to support the recovery of tourism and trade in the region.”

Qatar Airways will operate to Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), the country’s largest city and commercial center.

Lusaka is the gateway to experiencing Zambia’s legendary tourist attractions from Victoria Falls which it shares with Zimbabwe, to game reserves and a variety of wildlife.

Meanwhile, Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, will be served via Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) is also a destination with rich culture, World Heritage-listed archaeological sites, and diverse natural landscapes.

The aircraft was greeted in Lusaka and Harare by traditional water cannon salutes upon arrival.

The airline has demonstrated its steadfast commitment to Africa throughout the pandemic having significantly grown its network by adding four routes to Accra, Abidjan, Abuja, Luanda and restarting services to Alexandria, Cairo and Khartoum bringing its footprint to 27 destinations in 21 countries.

“We have ambitious plans for Africa which is one of the fastest-growing economic regions of the world, with rising consumer demand and an abundance of natural resources”

Akbar Al Baker – CEO, Qatar Airways

Earlier in August 2021, Qatar Airways also signed an interline agreement with RwandAir giving customers greater access to the combined networks of both airlines.

Businesses and traders will also benefit from the airline’s cargo offering, allowing more than 30 tonnes of cargo capacity per week, each way to support the two countries’ exports such as vegetables and flowers to destinations on the Qatar Airways network such as London, Frankfurt and New York and multiple points in China

Imports will consist of pharmaceuticals, automotive and technology equipment.

Customers can look forward to the quintessential on-board hospitality from Qatar Airways’ cosmopolitan cabin crew, including Zambian and Zimbabwean nationals, and generous baggage allowances ranging from 46 Kg for Economy Class split over two pieces and 64 Kg split over two pieces in Business Class

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organization Skytrax. 

Hamad International Airport was also recently announced as the “World’s Best Airport” in the Skytrax 2021 World Airport Awards.

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