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Qatar Airways to fly to Abidjan as it eyes African expansion

Qatar Airways last week announced that it will start flying to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Abidjan will be the 4th new African destination served by the middle-eastern carrier. Let’s find out more about the new route.

3-times-a-week to Abidjan

The Doha-based carrier will operate flights to Abidjan via Accra 3-times-a-week from 16th June 2021. The schedule of these flights is:

  • Doha-Accra
  • Departure time: 02:20
  • Arrival time: 07:00
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: QR1423
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Accra-Abidjan
  • Departure time: 08:10
  • Arrival time: 09:10
  • Flight time: 1 hour
  • Flight number: QR1423
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Abidjan-Accra
  • Departure time: 17:20
  • Arrival time: 18:20
  • Flight time: 1 hour
  • Flight number: QR1424
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
  • Accra-Doha
  • Departure time: 19:30
  • Arrival time: 06:10 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 7 hours and 40 minutes
  • Flight number: QR1424
  • Frequency: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Qatar Airways will deploy a Boeing B787 Dreamliner on this route featuring 22 business class and 232 economy class seats.

Qatar airways will use a Boeing B787 Dreamliner for Abidjan flights. Photo: Airways Magazine

Abidjan is the economic capital of Côte d’Ivoire and one of the most populous French-speaking cities in Africa, with a population of around 4.7 million people. After gaining independence from France in 1960, Abidjan expanded quickly to become one of West Africa’s most important seaports.

Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group Chief Executive, Qatar Airways, said:

We are delighted to be launching flights to Abidjan, our fourth new destination in Africa since the start of the pandemic. At Qatar Airways, we remain committed to the African market, expanding our network across the continent and offering seamless connectivity to the largest network of destinations across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North America. We are thankful to the Côte d’Ivoire Government for their support to launch these flights, providing an opportunity to reunite family and friends with their loved ones across the globe. We look forward to working closely with our partners in Côte d’Ivoire to steadily grow this route and support the recovery of tourism and trade in the region.

To promote flights to Africa, passengers can enjoy a new baggage allowance of 46 kilos spread over two bags in economy and 64 kilos spread over two bags in business class when travelling on Qatar Airways.

7 new destinations since the pandemic began

Qatar Airways, despite the challenges COVID-19 has created in the aviation industry, has managed to remain active flying thousands of people to various destinations worldwide. The airline has added a total of 7 new destinations since the pandemic began. They are:

  • San Francisco, United States
  • Seattle, United States
  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Accra, Ghana
  • Luanda, Africa
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Cebu, Philippines

Qatar airways also recently announced that they would resume flights from Doha to Khartoum, Sudan. It will offer 4-flights-a-week from Doha to Khartoum starting 11th May 2021.

140+ destinations in Summer

Qatar Airways has planned to operate over 1,200 weekly flights to more than 140 destinations across the globe including 23 in Africa, 14 in the Americas, 43 in Asia-Pacific, 43 in Europe and 19 in Middle East during IATA’s summer season. Meanwhile, Qatar airways yesterday flew vital medical supplies to India free of cost.

Featured image by Qatar Airways

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