The capital of Namibia, Windhoek, recently welcomed the first Qatar Airways flight to arrive at its international airport from Doha.
A VIP delegation from Doha, including chief commercial officer, Qatar Airways, Hugh Dunleavy and Namibia’s Ambassador to Qatar, HE Japhet Isaack, was greeted at the aircraft by CEO, Namibia Tourism Board, Digu //Naobeb and Qatar’s Ambassador to South Africa, HE Salem Abdullah Sultan Al Jaber.
Windhoek – the 23rd destination in Africa served by the airline – is the first city in Namibia to be served by Qatar Airways. It will fly to and from the destination four times a week with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker said: “We are delighted to extend our network within Africa by adding the premium leisure and business destination of Windhoek to our route map. Africa remains one of our key target areas for growth and we have identified Namibia as an important African nation to include in our expansion plans.
“With the launch of this service we look forward to strengthening our ties with the people of Namibia, who we are pleased to connect with more than 150 global destinations via our hub in Doha, while supporting the country’s growing tourism industry by flying in tourists from all around the world.”
CEO, Namibia Tourism Board, Digu //Naobeb added: “The new flight route provides the opportunity to promote Namibia as a business and leisure destination amongst Qatar Airways’ wide network of travellers. The route not only improves connections with mature destinations, but allows Namibia to tap into new markets that are also served by the airline. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Namibia via this new gateway in Doha.”