The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Gaborone, Botswana, touched down at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport this week!
The flight was greeted upon landing by Botswana officials, led by HE Vice President Slumber Tsogwane and the Minister of Transport and Communications, Thulagano Segokgo. Qatar Airways will operate a three-times weekly service to Gaborone, the only non-African airline to fly to the country.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said that the new route – their 23rd destination on the continent – is another step towards achieving their goal of expanding their network in Africa.
We take great pride in being the first Middle Eastern airline to fly to Botswana and look forward to bringing tens of thousands of passengers to this wonderful country.’
According to Acting Chief Executive Officer and Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana, Kabo Phutietsile, the new route by Qatar Airways is expected to boost Botswana’s aviation industry and create employment opportunities and skills transfer for the aviation industry.
It gives the country an opportunity to fully utilise and benefit from the investments in infrastructure improvement completed in the recent past. The arrival of Qatar will further boost and grow the aviation industry and auxiliary industries. The spin-offs will facilitate growth of the Botswana economy.’
The inaugural flight is Qatar Airways’ ninth new destination of the year and the third in Africa during 2019, complementing the already popular routes to Mogadishu, Somalia and Rabat, Morocco. With Luanda, Angola to follow in 2020, the airline is making good on its promise to grow throughout the continent.
The airline will operate to Gaborone with its Airbus 350-900, featuring 36 seats in Business class and 247 seats in Economy class.
Botswana is globally renowned for its unspoiled natural environment such as the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, popular for its safaris and other cultural tourism.
Flight Schedule: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
DOH-GBE (QR 1377): Departs Doha 6:55 am / Arrives Gaborone 4:50 pm
GBE-DOH (QR 1378): Departs Gaborone 6:35 pm / Arrives Doha 6:45 am
For more information about flights and other services offered by Qatar Airways, visit qatarairways.com.