Qatar Airways’ arrival at its 18th destination in Africa – Kilimanjaro – was celebrated by Hamisi Kagasheki, Tanzania’s Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism; Marwan Koleilat, CCO Qatar Airways; Gumbo Kibelloh, Chairman of Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO); and Gerard Rodrigues, Qatar Airways’ Commercial Manager Tanzania.
- On 25 July, Qatar Airways introduced its first flight to Kilimanjaro (JRO) in Tanzania. The new A320 service from Doha (DOH) operates daily via Dar es Salaam (DAR), the Tanzanian capital. Kilimanjaro thus becomes the airline’s 18th destination in Africa and 118th in all. Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Kilimanjaro signifies the importance Qatar Airways places in looking at airports around the world where capacity is limited, yet passenger demand is strong. We are pleased to be reinforcing our presence in Africa with the addition of scheduled flights to Tanzania’s tourism centre of Kilimanjaro, home to the infamous Mount Kilimanjaro, allowing us to further develop our business on the African continent. Kilimanjaro is an established tourist centre and is also fast emerging as a growing economic centre, thanks to its abundant wildlife, natural scenic beauty and natural resources. We have great confidence in the Tanzanian travel market ever since we launched flights to Dar es Salaam in 2007.” For more information about Qatar Airways’ African expansion, see this week’s lead analysis.