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Qatar Airways adds New Africa Gateway to DRC

Author: Selene Brophy - 3 June 2024

Last Update: 5 June 2024

Qatar Airways has launched a new route connecting the DRC with Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The inaugural flight from Doha to Kinshasa landed at N’djili International Airport on Saturday, bringing the total number of African destinations served by the airline to 29.

The four weekly services will also increase capacity to Angola, raising the number of flights to Luanda from one to four. The addition of Kinshasa also complements the airline’s over 170 weekly flights across Africa, emphasising Qatar Airways’ commitment to enhancing connectivity throughout the continent.

READ: New Flight Routes Improving Access to Top Safari Destinations

Improve air connectivity across the African continent

Qatar Airways has optimized its schedules across most African markets over the past 12 months to facilitate convenient connections to China.

This includes flights to Luanda, and now, Kinshasa with a new route that seamlessly links key destinations such as Belgium, France, Portugal, and the Middle East.

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is the third largest city in Africa, following Cairo and Lagos. As the economic hub of the DRC, Kinshasa offers diverse opportunities for investment and tourism. The vibrant city, situated along the Congo River, is renowned for its cultural diversity, dynamic music scene, and unspoiled natural beauty, attracting both urban explorers and nature enthusiasts.

Flight Schedule to Kinshasa: Every Monday and Saturday (all local times):

  • Doha (DOH) to Kinshasa (FIH) – Flight No. QR1491
    • Departure from Doha (DOH) at 02:45 – Arrival at Kinshasa (FIH) at 08:10
  • Kinshasa (FIH) to Doha (DOH) – Flight No. QR1491 via Luanda (LAD)
    • Departure from Kinshasa (FIH) at 09:40 – Arrival at Doha (DOH) at 22:50

Every Thursday and Friday (all local times):

  • Doha (DOH) to Kinshasa (FIH) – Flight No. QR1489 via Luanda (LAD)
    • Departure from Doha (DOH) at 09:20 – Arrival at Kinshasa (FIH) at 18:25
  • Kinshasa (FIH) to Doha (DOH) – Flight No. QR1489
    • Departure from Kinshasa (FIH) at 19:55 – Arrival at Doha (DOH) at 05:45+1

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