A new partnership to offer travellers more choice, enhanced services and greater connectivity between 45 destinations in 13 countries across southern Africa and the rest of the world has been signed by Qatar Airways and Airlink.
According to Airlink, this new codeshare agreement will allow travellers to 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 CEO of Airlink, Rodger Foster said this development is an endorsement of Airlink’s relevance to providing air access to the entire region through their 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,” he said.
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 Windhoek this month, providing another connection to Airlink’s already extensive regional network via eight gateways in the region.
Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, Akbar al Bake, said expanding their network with Airlink gives their customers more choice of destinations and flights, which they 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,” he said.
The new codeshare flights are available for sales and will commence travel on the 06 July 2022 subject to government approval.