Qatar Airways has announced its plans of boosting its service to Nigeria with the launch of four weekly flights to Kano (KAN) which will commence on March 2nd. The carrier will also be adding three weekly flights to Port Harcourt (PHC) a day later, with both airports operating via the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
The airline which currently operates two daily flights to Lagos and four times a week to Abuja will be by March 2022 expanded to daily flight service.
This new development will also see that Kano and Port Harcourt becomes the seventh and eight new African gateways launched by Qatar Airways since the start of the pandemic
Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “The airline was one of the few to keep operating to many African destinations throughout the pandemic and, as restrictions are lifted, is continuing to expand its network on the continent.
“As home to the largest economy and population in the region, we see tremendous growth potential for travel and trade in Nigeria.
“It is a key market and an important part of our African growth strategy; the expansion of our presence across two new gateways is a testament to our continuous commitment to Nigeria.
“We anticipate good reciprocal demand between Port Harcourt, UK, USA and destinations across Asia.
“For Kano, we see the opportunity to grow traffic to and from markets such as Saudi Arabia and India, as well as strong cargo prospects.”
When Kano and Port Harcourt flights start operating, the airline will provide 188 weekly flights to 28 destinations in Africa, the chief executive concluded.