Qatar Airways recently marked its inaugural flight from Doha to Gaborone, Botswana, which landed at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport on December 15.
The new, three-times-weekly route will be operated by an Airbus 350-900, featuring 36 seats in business class and 247 seats in economy class.
Remarking on the occasion was chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker: “I am delighted to add Gaborone to our global network of more than 160 destinations. Qatar Airways is committed to expanding its network in Africa and this new route – our 23rd destination on the continent – is another step towards achieving that goal. We take great pride in being the first Middle Eastern airline to fly to Botswana and look forward to bringing tens of thousands of passengers to this wonderful country.”
Also commenting was acting CEO, Civil Aviation Authority Botswana, Kabo Phutietsile: “The new route by Qatar Airways is expected to boost Botswana’s aviation industry and create employment opportunities and skills transfer for the aviation industry. It gives the country an opportunity to fully utilise and benefit from the investments in infrastructure improvement completed in the recent past.
“The arrival of Qatar will further boost the aviation industry and auxiliary industries. It allows for improved connectivity between Botswana and the [airline’s] many established routes. The spin-offs will facilitate growth of the Botswana economy,” Phutietsile added.
The new route to Gaborone marks the Qatari carrier’s ninth new destination this year and its third new African route in 2019, joining Mogadishu, Somalia and Rabat, Morocco. Looking ahead to 2020, the airline is due to launch a new route from Doha to Luanda in Angola, Africa.