Qatar Airways has expanded its presence in southern Africa with the launch of a new connecting flight between Doha and Lusaka, Zambia, and Harare, Zimbabwe.
The new route was inaugurated by an Airbus A350-900 equipped with 36 award-winning Qsuite business class seats and 247 economy class seats.
Qatar Airways now flies to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka (LUN).
Lusaka, the country’s largest city and commercial center, is the starting point for visiting Zambia’s legendary tourist attractions, which include the Victoria Falls, which it shares with Zimbabwe, as well as game reserves and a variety of wildlife.
It is also worth noting that Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) will also serve Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, which is home to World Heritage–listed archaeological sites and diverse natural landscapes.
Traditional water cannon salutes greeted the aircraft upon arrival in Lusaka and Harare.
After resuming service in Alexandria, Cairo, and Khartoum, the airline has significantly expanded its network in Africa. It now flies to 27 destinations in 21 countries.
Qatar Airways and RwandAir signed an interline agreement earlier this month, giving customers greater access to both airlines’ combined networks.
“We have ambitious plans for Africa which is one of the fastest-growing economic regions of the world, with rising consumer demand and an abundance of natural resources. We see enormous potential in not just outbound travel from Zimbabwe and Zambia, but also inbound traffic from India, UK, and Americas. We look forward to strengthen trade and tourism links between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and destinations on the Qatar Airways network, and steadily grow these routes to support the recovery of tourism and trade in the region.”Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker