Kinshasa : inaugural flight completed, Qatar Airways sets down its suitcases in the Democratic Republic of Congo !


Saturday, June 1, 2024-It is 8:15 minutes past 8 when the Qatar Airways Boeing 787 landed at Ndjili International Airport in Kinshasa, Capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On board, several personalities of this best aviation company accompanied by Valérie Kabeya, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo to Qatar.

This is the first landing of Qatar Airways on the runway of Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

By continuing its expansion in Africa, the award-winning airline is creating an important economic and commercial gateway to the main markets of Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Kinshasa becomes the 29th gateway of Qatar Airways in Africa.

Qatar Airways has just opened a new gateway to Africa, connecting the DRC to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

This Saturday, June 1, 2024, the inaugural flight between Doha and Kinshasa landed at N’djili International Airport, bringing the total number of African destinations served by the airline to 29.

Thanks to this new route, Kinshasa will be connected to the rest of the world via Qatar Airways’ hub in Doha, Hamad International Airport, voted « best airport in the world » by Skytrax in 2024.

This strategic move by the airline will also improve air connections on the African continent and strengthen economic and commercial prospects as well as cultural ties.

Qatar Airways Group CEO, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer said: « Qatar Airways recognizes Africa’s immense potential. »

« We are committed to improving connectivity across the continent, enabling easy access to business and leisure opportunities. We look forward to providing our passengers to and from the DRC with convenient travel options through our award-winning hub, Hamad International Airport. »

The four weekly flights will also increase capacity to Angola, increasing the number of rotations to Luanda from one to four.

Kinshasa also complements the airline’s more than 170 weekly flights across Africa, underlining Qatar Airways’ commitment to improving connectivity across the continent.

The market has seen strong growth with nine (9) new destinations operated by Qatar Airways in Africa since December 2020.

Cities such as Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Kano, Luanda, Lusaka and Port Harcourt have been added to Qatar Airways’ extensive network, while flights to Cairo and Alexandria have been reinstated.

Over the past twelve months, Qatar Airways has further optimized its schedules in most African markets to ensure convenient connectivity with China.

The same goes for Luanda and now for Kinshasa with this new flight that easily connects key markets such as Belgium, France, Portugal and the Middle East.

Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC, is the third largest city in Africa, after Cairo and Lagos.

As the seat of the country’s economic activities, Kinshasa offers many opportunities for investment and tourism.

Built along the Congo River, this bustling city is also known for its cultural diversity, vibrant music scene and unspoiled nature, attracting urban explorers and nature lovers alike.


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