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Tue, 28 June 2022

Qatar Airways Signs Codeshare Agreement with Airlink

(28 June 2022, 10:45 +07)  Qatar Airways and Airlink have signed a codeshare agreement designed to offer travellers greater connectivity between 45 destinations in 13 countries across southern Africa and the rest of the world.

The agreement means travellers can enjoy the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using a single reservation with seamless ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage-check experience, during the entire journey.

The deal will enable customers to book flights from southern Africa to popular destinations in the U.S. such as New York and Dallas, cities in Europe such as London, Copenhagen and Barcelona, and points across Asia like Manila, Jakarta and Cebu.

Rodger Foster, Airlink Chief Executive with Akbar al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive. Click to enlarge.
Rodger Foster, Airlink Chief Executive with Akbar al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive

The agreement also increases Qatar Airways footprint in southern Africa, with improved access to destinations such as Ggeberha (Port Elizabeth) Hoedspruit, Skukuza, George in South Africa and beyond to Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Akbar al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said, Expanding our network with Airlink gives our customers more choice of destinations and flights, that we hope will contribute to the rapid recovery of travel, which plays such an important role in southern African economies. We have boosted our presence in the African market by adding eight new destinations since the start of the pandemic and fostering partnerships such as this dynamic agreement with Airlink which will greatly enhance our offering to our customers and support travel and trade.

Qatar Airways launched flights to Luanda, Harare and Lusaka last year and will resume operations to Windhoek this month, providing another connection to Airlinks extensive regional network via eight gateways in the region.

The airline also offers 21 direct weekly flights from Doha to Johannesburg, 10 weekly flights to Cape Town and four weekly flights to Durban.

Rodger Foster, Airlink Chief Executive, said, This development is an endorsement of Airlinks relevance to providing air access to the entire region through our expansive network of destinations, which when considered in conjunction with Qatar Airways global reach creates unparalleled connectivity opportunities. As southern Africas leading airline, Airlink provides comprehensive, safe, and reliable air transportation services, enabling socio-economic development by connecting people with each other and facilitating trade within the region and beyond.

The new codeshare flights are available for sales and will commence travel on the 6 July 2022, subject to government approval.

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