LONDON – Qatar Airways will increase its presence in Nigeria launching flights to Kano and Port Harcourt.
The airline will start four weekly flights to Kano on 2 March, and three weekly flights to Port Harcourt on 3 March, both operating via the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
Both routes will be served by Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 in Economy Class.
Qatar Airways currently provides two daily flights to Lagos and four weekly flights to Abuja, which will expand to a daily service in March.
“As home to the largest economy and population in the region, we see tremendous growth potential for travel and trade in Nigeria,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. “It is a key market and an important part of our African growth strategy.”
As travel restrictions ease, Qatar Airways is restoring its services to all its African destinations. When Kano and Port Harcourt flights start operating, the airline will provide 188 weekly flights to 28 destinations in Africa.
“We anticipate good reciprocal demand between Port Harcourt, UK, USA and destinations across Asia. For Kano we see the opportunity to grow traffic to and from markets such as KSA and India, as well as strong cargo prospects,” added Al Baker.
The Doha-based airline was recently announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2021 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organization, Skytrax.
Qatar Airways has also become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by Skytrax.