Airlines and Aviation
Qatar Airways increases its African presence with the launch of a new route linking its Doha hub with Zanzibar, Tanzania, by way of Kilimanjaro. It is the airline's 20th African travel destination.
Qatar Airways already flies to 2 travel destinations in Tanzania: Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro. On 1 July 2015, the airline will launch a route linking its Doha hub with its 3rd Tanzanian travel destination: Zanzibar.
Tanzania is located in East Africa. Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of the country, comprising an archipelago in the Indian Ocean that is located 25 to 50 kilometres, or 16 to 32 miles, off the coast.
The very name of Zanzibar conjures up exotic images of black and white movies. Featuring sandy beaches, abundant wildlife, a rich culture, and a long history, it will be the airline's 20th travel destination in Africa.
The flight will operate 5 time a week, making a stop in Kilimanjaro. Flights to Kilimanjaro currently make a stop in Dar es Salaam. From 1 July, they will fly non-stop.
The Doha – Kilimanjaro – Zanzibar route will be operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft in a 2-class configuration of 12 seats in Business Class and 132 in Economy.
“Today’s announcement of new services to Zanzibar reflects our commitment to connect diverse cities via our Doha hub and offer our passengers an extensive range of exciting global destinations," says Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker.
"As our 20th gateway in Africa, Zanzibar will strengthen our presence as one of the biggest airlines flying to the African continent."
The airline maintains a major hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, where travellers can connect to more than 140 travel destinations throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.
Qatar Airways will add at least one more African travel destinations this year. The airline will launch flights to Durban, South Africa, on 17 December 2015. It will also increase frequencies of flights to Johannesburg on 17 December to Cape Town on 1 October.
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