Qatar Airways to fly Accra route soon, as it eyes Africa expansion

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Qatar Airways, the national airline of Qatar, is expected to soon complete arrangements to fly Ghana this year.

“We have already gone far with talks with the Aviation Authorities in Ghana and will be flying to that country by middle of 2019”, Abkar Al-Baker, Group Chief Executive Officer of the airline, told journalists in Doha.

The CEO spoke on the sidelines of the 2018 Doha Forum, held at the weekend in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Akbar Al Baker said though the initial negotiations with Ghana bordered on the need for his country’s assistance to run a national airline for Ghana, Qatar planned to make Ghana one of its destinations, from next year, to begin with, while further discussions continued.

According to him, Qatar Airways had targeted to add 15 new destinations to its network, next year, and to also procure 36 new aircrafts for that purpose.

He noted that African countries including Ghana were underserved but had huge potential and therefore Qatar Airways was looking at Africa in a positive way by giving incentives to new entrants and other assistance to those who wanted to do business with Qatar.

“The world will see the rapid progression of Qatar Airways as we have lined up more than 15 destinations to be announced step by step next year, while we wait for airport slots”, he said, adding that, the 36 new aircrafts would be received in the next 12 months.

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