Qatar Airways begins Zanzibar route

Qatar Airways begins Zanzibar route Qatar Airways' Marwan Koleilat and Qatar ambassador to Tanzania Jassim Al Maadadi join Juma Duni Haji, Zanzibar minister of infrastructure at the first flight arrives

Qatar Airways launched its second new destination of the year, touching down in the Spice Island of Zanzibar earlier.

Zanzibar is the airline’s third route in Tanzania, following Dar-es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro.

Qatar Airways will initially operate five weekly flights to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro, and commencing October 1st 2015, the airline will offer an additional two weekly flights making it a daily operation.

Out of the daily flights from October, passengers will be able to fly non-stop to Zanzibar three-times-a-week and on a linked flight via Kilimanjaro four-times-a-week.

Qatar Airways chief commercial officer Marwan Koleilat said: “This latest route marks yet another significant milestone for the airline that has spread its international wings to its 20th gateway in Africa and 148th destination globally.

“Zanzibar’s attraction as a tourist destination has been steadily growing as more travellers discover its wonderful combination of cultures, and Qatar Airways is delighted to be able to give more people the opportunity to visit this beautiful island with all it has to offer.

“By providing a reliable, convenient and award-winning travel experience from Zanzibar, Qatar Airways will provide passengers with the opportunity to travel to Doha and connect onwards to more than 140 worldwide destinations through our new state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport.”

Qatar Airways is operating an Airbus A320 in a two-class configuration on the Zanzibar-Doha route, with 12 seats in Business Class and up to 132 seats in Economy.

Each seat on selected flights offers an interactive audio and video entertainment system featuring up to 1,000 options of movies, TV programmes and music channels.

Juma Duni Haji, Zanzibar minister of infrastructure and communication said: “It is with pleasure and extreme pride that we welcome Qatar Airways to Zanzibar.

“We are delighted this global airline has chosen Zanzibar as its newest destination in Africa and we look forward to working together with the Qatar Airways team to bring further investment, trade and tourism to our island.”