Qatar Airways and Airlink have reportedly penned a full-scale codeshare agreement to offer travelers improved services and connectivity between 45 destinations across 13 nations.
The new codeshare deal enables travelers to simply purchase tickets for connecting flights on both airlines through one reservation with flawless check-in, baggage-check, and boarding experience during the entire journey.
The collaboration will allow customers to reserve attractive offers from southern Africa to well-known destinations in the United States like Dallas and New York, European cities like Copenhagen, Barcelona, and London, and across Asia like Jakarta, Cebu, and Manila.
The deal also expands the footprint of Qatar Airways in southern Africa, with enhanced access to destinations like Skukuza, Hoedspruit, and George in South Africa and beyond Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique.
According to Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, the airline has expanded its footprint in the African market by including eight new locations since the outset of the pandemic.
Al Baker added that the establishment of dynamic partnerships like the one with Airlink will improve its customer services and support trade and travel.
After the pandemic, Qatar Airways was the only airline to unveil new services in southern Africa, commencing operations in Harare, Luanda, and Lusaka in 2021.
This month, the airline resumes operations in Windhoek, offering another link to the already deeper regional network of Airlink through eight regional gateways.
Airlink CEO Rodger Foster commented that the codeshare deal endorses the company’s relevance to offering air access to the complete region using its broad destination network. This, along with the global reach of Qatar Airways creates unmatched connectivity avenues, added Foster.
The new codeshare flights are now available and will initiate operations on July 6th, 2022, subject to regulatory approvals.
Qatar Airways provides direct flights from Doha to Cape Town 10 times, to Durban 4 times, and to Johannesburg 21 times a week.