Qatar increases flights to Nairobi

August 20, 2013
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The airline will increase its A320 aircraft operations to 18 flights per week up from the current 14 flights/XINHUA FILE
The airline will increase its A320 aircraft operations to 18 flights per week up from the current 14 flights/XINHUA FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 19 – Qatar airways has increased its operations between Doha and Nairobi by adding four additional weekly flights beginning September 1.

The airline will increase its A320 aircraft operations to 18 flights per week up from the current 14 flights.

Qatar Airways Country Manager Clifford Christopher says Nairobi has grown in popularity over the last few years with tourists flocking from all over the world as an entry point and a gate way to east Africa.

Christopher said that demand to and from Nairobi has increased dramatically as a business and leisure Hub for East and Central Africa as a result of Kenya’s economic growth up 4.8 percent since 2012.

“Currently we are at currently 750,000 passengers in and out of Nairobi daily and with these new flights it’s expected to grow at 28 percent,” he said.

He said the country’s increase in exports of fresh produce, flowers and foliage and tea has also attributed to the increased frequency.

East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie, noted that the move will give increased passenger capacity which will positively contribute towards the economic growth of our country.

“All of this contributes to the economic growth of Kenya and towards the achievement of our Vision 2030 goals,” Kandie noted.

The airline has also joined the One World Alliance that will give their customers more convenience and reliability.

Its member airlines include Air Berlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines (Russia) among others.

Qatar Airways has so far launched six destinations this year that include: Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq) Phonom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman) and Basra (Iraq).

The airline is expected to expand with the addition of further destinations in Addis Ababa, Clack International Airport- Philippines and Chengdu in China among others.

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