Qatar Airways signs codeshare agreement with South Africa’s Airlink

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Qatar Airways and Airlink have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement to offer travelers more choices, enhanced services and greater connectivity between 45 destinations in 13 countries across southern Africa and the rest of the world.

This new codeshare agreement implies that 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 US such as New York and Dallas, cities in Europe such as London, Copenhagen and Barcelona, and points across Asia like Manila, Jakarta and Cebu. The agreement also increases Qatar Airways’ footprint in southern Africa.

Akbar Al Baker
Mr. Akbar Al Baker
CEO – Qatar Airways

“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.”

Airlink Chief Executive Mr. Rodger Foster said that “This development is an endorsement of Airlinks 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 with each other and facilitating trade within the region and beyond.”

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 Namibia’s capital Windhoek this month, providing another connection to Airlinks extensive regional network via eight gateways in the region.

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