Qatar Airways is resuming passenger services to Nairobi, Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), and Kigali, Rwanda’s Kigali International Airport (KGL), giving a substantial boost to cargo belly capacity.
With the resumption of passenger flights to Nairobi, the cargo carrier will operate 20 flights in total (including freighters), offering more than 700 tonnes of cargo capacity each week, each way.
Nairobi will be served with 14 weekly flights while Kigali sees three weekly flights. With the addition of Kigali and Nairobi, the airline now operates 33 weekly flights to eight destinations in Africa including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, and Tunis.
During COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways Cargo continued operating its scheduled twice-weekly with A330 freighters and four times weekly with B777 freighters to Nairobi along with freight charters.
These flights provided much-required capacity, supporting exporters and importers and bringing in essential medical supplies.
Qatar Airways notes it has a strong relationship with Kenya and Rwanda with almost 15 years of operations to Nairobi and eight years of operations to Kigali. The airline has been operating scheduled services to Nairobi from November 2005 followed by Kigali in March 2012 and Mombasa in December 2018.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group chief executive notes that the carrier continues to maintain an expanding schedule with now more than 500 weekly flights to over 75 destinations keeping up to date with the latest in international airport procedures.