Qatar Airways CCO Hugh Dunleavy (pictured right) with Qatar’s Ambassador to South Africa, Salem Abdullah Sultan Al Jaber, after the touchdown of the airline’s inaugural flight to Windhoek on 28 September.
- Qatar Airways began flights to the capital of Namibia, Windhoek (WDH) from its Doha (DOH) hub on 28 September. Windhoek is the first city in Namibia to be served by the carrier, which will fly to the destination four times weekly with its 254-seat 787-8 fleet. The city will be the 23rd destination in Africa served by the oneworld airline, and the route faces no direct competition. Qatar Airways CEO 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.” Qatar Airways is the first of the MEB3 carriers to serve Windhoek as neither Emirates nor Etihad Airways currently serves Namibia. Windhoek is also not yet on Turkish Airlines’ network of African routes.