As Qatar Airways arrived in Entebbe, the airline’s CEO Akbar Al Baker was walked down the red carpet with Stephen Chemoiko Chebrot, Uganda’s transport minister. In his speech to more than 100 guests, Al Baker said: “Since we announced plans to serve Uganda with daily passenger flights, this new route has been highly anticipated by the travel trade, business community and the travelling public. I would like to stress that we are here to stay, building strong relationships with our business partners for the long term.”
Qatar Airways’ Chief Flight Operations Officer Captain Suhail Abdul Hameed Ismaeel, who flew on the inaugural service from Doha to Benghazi, is pictured sixth left, along with well wishers, including airport officials at Benghazi’s Benina International Airport. Qatar Airways now flies four flights a week to Libya’s second-largest city.
- Qatar Airways continued its fast network growth by launching flights to two new African destinations in the last week, both with 144-seat A320 aircraft. From its Doha (DOH) hub, the airline launched four weekly flights to Benghazi (BEN) in Libya on 1 November. This makes Qatar Airways the first airline to launch a new route to the airport after the Libyan civil war, whereas other airlines have resumed their previously operated routes. The following day, Qatar Airways added another new country market by launching daily flights to Entebbe (EBB) in Uganda. Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker commented: “I am extremely confident Entebbe will be just as successful as our other destinations in Africa and this will further strengthen our position across the Continent where we now operate to 16 cities from Doha.”