Durban, get Ready for Qatar Airways!
We are so thrilled to hear that Qatar Airways is heading to our city. This was announced by MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs of KZN at the World Routes Summit.
“On behalf of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and the City of Durban, we are pleased that World Routes Durban 2015 has featured good news for our province, the city, the country and, indeed, the region as one of the fastest-growing brands in the aviation business,” says KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu. “We are, of course, alluding to the news that Qatar Airways will be introducing a new flight service between Doha and our state-of-the-art King Shaka International Airport. This move is in line with our ambitious plans of developing an aviation inspired conurbation, the Durban aerotropolis, as a catalyst towards the stimulation of growth to unleash considerable business and employment opportunities for our people.”
Earlier this year, Qatar Airways confirmed that it would be initiating a new international route between Durban and Doha. The official launch date of this particular flight has been set for the 17th December 2015. The new flight will operate four times per week with a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft via Johannesburg. The new international service will connect Durban to more than 151 destinations across the globe via Qatar Airways’ Doha Hub.
Qatar Airways’ Vice President for Africa, Jared Lee, also commented on the airline’s participation at the event saying: “We are proud to be participating at the World Routes forum this year which brings together top executives from airlines, airports, tourism authorities and civil aviation authorities from around the world. Our participation in this forum has particular significance as we are launching our award-winning services to Durban this year and further growing our footprint in South Africa by increasing our Cape Town flights to a daily service from 1st October, as well as increasing Johannesburg to a double daily service from 17th December.
At a media briefing, during the World Routes Development Summit, Qatar Airways’ Country Manager for South Africa, Jonathan Minnett, made a speech about the airline’s impending launch of services to Durban and thanked Mr. Michael Mabuyakhulu for his warm welcome. He also said that the airline was delighted to take part in a key aviation and tourism event in Durban – a city, which has seen spectacular growth in the leisure and business sector over the years. Can’t wait to explore the world with Qatar!