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Qatar Airways expresses interest in flying Zimbabwe route

Once an agreement is finalised, Qatar Airways is expected to fly to Harare four times a week.

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  • Zimbabwe was recently named among the Top 10 honeymoon destinations for 2020 by American magazine Harpers Bazaar describing Zimbabwe as being on a “renaissance period”.

LEADING global airliner Qatar Airways has expressed interest in flying the Zimbabwe route and last week dispatched a senior official to Zimbabwe to explore the possibility of adding Harare to its 150 destinations across the world.

The Middle East airliner last month started flying into Botswana for the first time.

Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) director airport services Mr Tawanda Gusha confirmed that the executive arrived in the country on Wednesday and left on Thursday.

“We confirm that a senior executive from Qatar Airways was in the country to confirm the viability of servicing the route. We have approached several airlines and Qatar Airways is one of them,” said Mr Gusha.

“There is nothing concrete that we can talk about at the moment but engagements are still ongoing and positive.”

However, renowned travel writer and pilot Mr Jerry Haas also confirmed the visit on microblogging site Twitter saying there are already tentative plans in place.

He said once an agreement is finalised, Qatar Airways is expected to fly to Harare four times a week.

Mr Akbar Al Baker was in Harare last week

Mr Haas said the tentative launch date for the Doha-Harare flight was in the third quarter of this year before hinting that route announcement was expected at the forthcoming major global trade show.

“Another team from Qatar Airways is in Harare finalising on the Zimbabwe service. Initial dates of launch have been set for 3Q 2020 on a four- times weekly service.

“Route announcements expected at a major global trade show by CEO Akbar Al Baker,” said Mr Haas in the tweet.

Headquartered in Doha, the airline operates a hub-and-spoke network, linking over 150 international destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, The Americas, and Oceania from its base at Hamad International Airport, using a fleet of more than 200 aircraft.

Qatar Airways Group employs more than 43 000 people.

The carrier has been a member of the Oneworld alliance since October 2013, the first Gulf carrier to sign with one of the three airline alliances, according to Wikipedia.

Qatar Airways last month became the first Middle Eastern airline to fly to Botswana starting from 15 December, 2019.

Zimbabwe was recently named among the Top 10 honeymoon destinations for 2020 by American magazine Harpers Bazaar describing Zimbabwe as being on a “renaissance period”.

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