Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch direct flights to three new African cities in 2018.
The State-owned carrier will introduce flights to Mombasa, Kenya; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and Accra, Ghana among an additional 12 new destinations.
Qatar Airways which operates daily flights to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKAI) will compete with Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Rwandair and flydubai the other international airlines which already ply the direct Mombasa route.
Kenya’s flag carrier Kenya Airways has to stop over at its Nairobi hub before proceeding to Mombasa on international flights.
Qatar Airways made the announcement at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai.
The 12 new destinations Qatar Airways plans for 2018 include: San Francisco, U.S.; Cardiff, United Kingdom; Utapao, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh; Mykonos, Greece; Málaga, Spain; Accra, Ghana; Lisbon, Portugal; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Prague, Czech Republic; Kiev, Ukraine and Mombasa, Kenya.
This adds to the airline’s global network of more than 150 destinations.
The carrier also announced that it will be the first airline n the Middle East to launch high-speed broadband on flights starting this summer in a partnership with Inmarsat, the leading provider of airborne broadband connectivity.
“The new announced destinations mean that we can now bring these innovative and world-class products to even more travellers around the world,” Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said.