Feb 18, 2016: Qatar Airways announces a new code-share agreement with Comair, a franchise of British Airways that will add three new African destinations to the Qatar Airways route map, and provide additional flight options to travellers in Cape Town and Durban. Comair, which this year celebrates its 70th year of operations, is based in South Africa and is an affiliate member of the oneworld alliance through its Licence Agreement with British Airways.
Qatar Airways will place its code on flights that have British Airways livery, operated by its franchise Comair, from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, Harare, Victoria Falls, and Port Elizabeth from February 23, 2016. Qatar Airways will also place its code on flights operated by Comair from Cape Town to Durban and Port Elizabeth.
Comair has hub operations in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, South Africa, easily connecting on to Qatar Airways-operated flights to Doha and beyond to more than 150 destinations.
Akbar Al Baker, Group chief executive, Qatar Airways, said, “Africa is on the move, and travellers deserve better itineraries for their travel needs. Expanding our network with Comair was a natural progression of our investment in Africa and our desire to make it easier to visit this exciting part of the world, and for the families, businesses and organisations based here to connect globally. With this agreement, more than 150 destinations in the Qatar Airways network now connect easily to these business, adventure travel and cultural capitals.”
This partnership complements the recent expansion of Qatar Airways operations into South Africa. In December, Qatar Airways started four-times-weekly service to Durban and increased service from 10 weekly flights to Johannesburg to 14. Qatar Airways offers non-stop flights to Doha, where travellers connect easily and comfortably to destinations across six continents from the airline’s hub at Hamad International Airport.