Qatar Airways has continued its expansion in Africa with the launch of services to its latest destination Djibouti, beginning 26th October, 2014.
The five-star airline commenced three-times-weekly flights from Doha’s Hamad International Airport to Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport marking the airline’s 145th global destination.
Addressing Ministers, Ambassadors, Government officials and travel trade partners during the inaugural event in Djibouti, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer Marwan Koleilat said: “Qatar Airways is proud to be the first Middle-Eastern airline connecting Djibouti to popular business and leisure destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.“Djibouti is still underserved by international airlines though the destination has a huge potential with its untapped natural resources and tourist opportunities.”
Tourist attractions in Djibouti include scuba diving, snorkeling and visiting picturesque beach islands.“Qatar Airways is delighted to give businessmen and tourists who want to visit Djibouti and also the people of Djibouti additional choice and flexibility when they travel.”
Qatar Airways celebrated the launch of its new route with a community initiative that supports the building of an elementary school – “Al Amal” in Djibouti. The airline has joined hands with the RAF Foundation of Qatar for this initiative.
“Along with Qatar Airways’ incredible growth, the airline also has a dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility programme that continuously supports local community initiatives. With the new school in Djibouti, Qatar Airways will be contributing to the Djiboutian community, helping to provide children with educational opportunities and assisting them to become valued members of the global community”, added Koleilat.
The three-times-weekly non-stop flight to Djibouti is part of Qatar Airways’ expansion plans to introduce new routes, new frequencies to existing markets, and induct new aircraft into its fleet.
Jared Lee, Qatar Airways Vice President Africa said: “Just in September last year we launched thrice-weekly operations to neighbouring Ethiopia, and another destination will be added to the “Horn of Africa” in December this year when we launch our service to the Eritrean capital of Asmara. As an airline with an ever expanding global network of 145 destinations and 137 aircraft, Qatar Airways will be able to fulfil the needs of the travelling public from Africa, as well as for those wanting to travel there from the destinations we serve around the world."
The Doha–Djibouti route will be served with an Airbus A320 featuring 8 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy. Key markets for Djibouti include London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, New York and more.
The DOHA – DJIBOUTI schedules are:
Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Depart Doha QR1437 at 0010 hrs, arrive Djibouti at 0255 hrs
Depart Djibouti QR1438 at 0355 hrs, arrive Doha at 0700 hrs
Currently undergoing rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its 17th year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 136 aircraft flying to 145 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.