Qatar Airways boosts local tourism
International airliner, Qatar Airways, made its maiden flight to Windhoek on Wednesday, arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport at 10h20, with 254 tourists on-board.
The tourist arrival on the inaugural flight has been attributed to the collaboration between the airline and the Namibia Tourism Board who promoted Namibia as a tourist destination in East Africa.
Also part of the delegation was Dr Hugh Dunleavy, Qatar Airways – Chief Commercial Officer; Rola Obeid who is the Senior Manager for Africa; Daisy-Ellen Omissi the Manager for Corporate Communications, and Namibian Ambassador to Egypt, Japhet Isaacks. At the airport to receive the delegation was Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Engel Nawatiseb and Deputy Works Minister James Sankwasa among other high profile government officials.
Speaking to journalists at a press conference, Dr Dunleavy said that the airline will not be in direct competition with Air Namibia as they had negotiated to travel outside the national carrier’s key routes.
He said Qatar Airways will focus more on its African drive, where it’s set to inaugurate another destination in Seychelles.
The carrier will operate four flights weekly, between Windhoek and Doha as it continues with its promotion of Namibia as a tourist destination.
Windhoek becomes Qatar Airways 11th new route in 2016 and is now the 23rd destination in Africa out of the airline’s 150 destinations worldwide.
Dr Dunleavy said Qatar Airways will handle a total of 92 tonnes of cargo weekly on its flights to Windhoek, with travellers connecting flights to other destinations through Doha, getting a 92 hour visa exemption while waiting for their flights.