Qatar Airways QR1459 operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, marked the first flight from Doha to Mogadishu and landed at Aden Adde International Airport on 1 July, inaugurating the airline’s first gateway to Somalia.
On board the inaugural flight to Mogadishu were the Somali Ambassador to the State of Qatar, HE Abdul Razak Farah Ali, and Qatar Airways Senior Vice President for Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, Ehab Amin. VIP guests who welcomed the inaugural flight included high-ranking government officials from Somalia and the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Somalia, HE Hassan bin Hamza Hashem.
The award-winning airline will operate the new service as a tagged flight to its existing operations to Djibouti. The three weekly flights will stop-over in Djibouti before commencing the final leg of the journey to Doha.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said this is an exciting time for both Qatar Airways and the people of Somalia, who are now able to seamlessly travel to key business and leisure destinations across Asia and Europe, with a connection time of just under two hours.
We are delighted to launch our new services from Mogadishu, and we look forward to welcoming all passengers on board, where they can experience the airline’s award-winning products and services.’
The new route will be operated by an Airbus A320, with 12 Business Class seats and 132 Economy Class seats, with a flight time from Doha of nearly eight hours. Flights from Mogadishu will land in Doha at midnight, offering seamless connectivity to key markets in China and Europe, all of which are scheduled for early morning departures.
Qatar Airways flies to more than 160 business and leisure destinations via its hub, Hamad International Airport.
Flight schedule (Sunday, Monday, Thursday)
- Doha-Djibouti QR1459: Departs Doha 7:05 am / Arrives Djibouti 11:55 am
- Djibouti-Mogadishu QR1459: Departs Djibouti 12:55 pm / Arrives Mogadishu 2:55 pm
- Mogadishu-Djibouti QR1460: Departs Mogadishu 3:55 pm / Arrives Djibouti 6:05 pm
- Djibouti-Doha QR1460: Departs Djibouti 7:05 pm / Arrives Doha 12:05 am+1
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