The airline has operated essential flights throughout the pandemic and added seven new destinations
Qatar Airways welcomed Cote d’lvoire’s largest city, Abidjan, to its global route network as the airline touched down at Felix Houphouet Boigny International Airport from Doha yesterday (June 16).
Three weekly flights will initially operate the new service.
The launch of the new route also helps support increased demand for trade between the West African city and other destinations in Qatar’s network, including Paris and Beirut.
“Launching flights to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - our fourth new destination in Africa since the start of the pandemic, after having recently launched Abuja in Nigeria; Accra in Ghana; and Luanda in Angola is a significant step in our African growth,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar airways chief executive.
“This is testament to our commitment to the African continent where we now operate over 100 weekly flights to 25 destinations in 18 countries via our home and hub, Hamad International Airport.”
As there is 15 tonnes of cargo capacity available on each flight, the airline can help facilitate the movement of exports from Cote d’lvoire.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Qatar never halted operations. During this time, the carrier also added seven new destinations to its network – San Francisco, Seattle, Abuja, Accra, Luanda, Brisbane and Cebu.