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Qatar Airways Launches Codeshare Agreement with Airlink

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The largest airline in the world – Qatar Airways – has launched its codeshare agreement with the largest airline in South Africa – Airlink.

The partnership was announced today and opens up a host of Airlink’s destinations in South Africa for Qatar Airways’ passengers arriving in South Africa from its comprehensive network in Europe, the U.S., and across Asia.

As announced, this new codeshare agreement means travelers 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 partnership will enable customers to book attractive offers 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. In turn, 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. 
 
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar al-Baker 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,” Al Bakersfield said.
 
Qatar Airways was the only airline to launch new services in southern Africa after the pandemic, starting operations in Luanda, Harare, and Lusaka last year. It resumes operations in Windhoek this month, providing another connection to Airlink’s already extensive regional network via eight gateways in the region.
 
Airlink’s Chief Executive, Mr. Rodger Foster said: “This development is an endorsement of Airlink’s 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 Africa’s leading airline, Airlink provides comprehensive, safe, and reliable air transportation services, enabling socio-economic development by connecting people and facilitating trade within the region and beyond.”
 
The new codeshare flights are available for sale and will commence travel on 06 July 2022 subject to government approval.
 
Qatar Airways offers direct flights from Doha to Johannesburg 21 times weekly, to Cape Town 10 times, and Durban four times weekly.
From South Africa, travelers can connect easily to destinations across six continents via the World’s Best Airport, Hamad International Airport.

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