UGANDANS WELCOME BACK QATAR AIRWAYS
(Posted 02nd October 2020)
As of today, 02nd of October, will Qatar Airways resume flights to and from Entebbe.
The airline made the announcement a few hours ago, bringing additional global connectivity to Uganda which had cut itself off from the rest of the world for more than 6 months in an ultimately failed attempt to keep the pandemic out of the country.
With the addition of three weekly flights to Entebbe, Qatar Airways network in Africa will increase to 47 weekly flights to 17 destinations across the continent, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Accra, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Maputo, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Tunis, Windhoek and Zanzibar.
Qatar Airways Vice-President, Africa Mr. Hendrik Du Preez said: “We are delighted to resume flights to Entebbe as soon as the airport reopened. The capital of Uganda is an important destination for us having first started our operations back in 2011. The resumption of this route has been highly anticipated by our travel industry partners, the business community and the Ugandan diaspora across the world and we are delighted to be adding it back to our global network, connecting Uganda with key destinations in the UK, US and Europe via Doha. With our three weekly flights from Entebbe International Airport via Kigali, Ugandan passengers can enjoy seamless connections across the globe via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport. We remain committed to the African region, resuming flights almost every week. The airline currently operates over 650 weekly flights to more than 90 destinations including 27 destinations in Asia-Pacific, 31 in Europe, 13 in the Middle East and nine in North America.”
Since the onset of the pandemic Qatar Airways’ network has never fallen below 30 destinations with continuous services to five continents. The airline’s strategic investment in a variety of fuel-efficient twin engine aircraft, including the largest fleet of Airbus A350 aircraft, has enabled it to continue flying perfectly positioning the carrier to lead the sustainable recovery of international travel. In fact global aviation statistics show that Qatar Airways was up to August the largest global carrier in terms of passengers carried and destinations served.
Due to COVID-19’s impact on travel demand, the airline has taken the decision to ground its fleet of Airbus A380s as it was not commercially or environmentally justifiable to operate such a large aircraft in the current market.
The airline’s fleet of 49 Airbus A350 and 30 Boeing 787 are presently the ideal choice for the most important long-haul routes to Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions.
Qatar Airways’ onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew include the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew and a complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields for passengers. Business Class passengers on aircraft equipped with Qsuite can enjoy the enhanced privacy this award-winning business seat provides, including sliding privacy partitions and the option to use a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator.
Qsuite is available on flights to more than 30 destinations including London, Paris, and Frankfurt.
For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.
Qatar Airways’ had already in August resumed a three times a week service to Kigali, where the airport was opened on the 01st of that month, while Ugandan authorities chose to remain closed for a further two months, incurring the wrath of many would be travelers.