Qatar Airways will introduce seven weekly flights to Cape Town from the beginning of March 2021. The airline has consistently impressed with its comfort and service and now has recommitted to providing quality air travel to and from the Mother City.

Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management at the City of Cape Town, said this is wonderful news, adding “connecting Cape Town to more cities and countries translates into bums on seats and boxes in the belly”.

“This means that we can welcome more visitors, create more jobs through tourism and also provides trade opportunities to export more proudly Cape Town products to the rest of the world,” said Vos.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: “We are proud to be the leading international carrier connecting South Africa with Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, offering more flexible travel options and a global network of flights that passengers, trade and business partners can rely on.

“South Africa has always been a very important market to us and we continue to demonstrate our commitment to the region by adding new routes and steadily increasing frequencies across the continent.”

Connectivity forms part of the City’s Tourism Development Framework and with the continued funding of the Air Access Programme the objective is to connect Cape Town with key destinations around the world.

The key to bringing traveller confidence back again will be standardising safety and sanitation measures throughout the tourism and travel supply chain. Cape Town has partnered with the World Travel & Tourism Council and assumed the role of a Safe Travels Ambassador.

“We have worked hard to ensure that Cape Town is safe for travellers and ready to welcome international visitors, because our leisure and business travellers from key source markets make the most of our favourable exchange rate and have a high spending potential which positively impacts our local economy”, said Vos.

He added that the visitor economy is everyone’s business as it brings in much-needed revenue to Cape Town and supports thousands of jobs.