Qatar Airways has launched flights between Doha
and Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Botswana.
The airline will operate a thrice weekly service
to the capital city using Airbus 350-900 aircraft featuring 36
seats in Business class and 247 seats in Economy class.
Flight QR 1377 is scheduled to depart DOH on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
at 06:55 and arrive in Gaborone (GBE) at 16:50.
Flight QR 1378 is timed to leave GBE at 18:35
and arrive in Doha at 06:45.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “I am delighted to add
Gaborone to our global network of more than 160 destinations.
Qatar Airways is committed to expanding its network in Africa, and
this new route - our 23rd destination on the continent - is
another step towards achieving that goal. We take great pride in
being the first Middle Eastern airline to fly to Botswana and look
forward to bringing tens of thousands of passengers to this
The inaugural flight is Qatar Airways’ ninth new
destination of the year and the third in Africa during 2019,
complementing the already popular routes to Mogadishu, Somalia and
Rabat, Morocco. Flights to Luanda and Angola are scheduled to
commence in 2020.
Acting Chief Executive Officer and Civil
Aviation Authority Botswana, Mr. Kabo Phutietsile, said, “The new
route by Qatar Airways is expected to boost Botswana’s aviation
industry and create employment opportunities and skills transfer
for the aviation industry. It gives the country an opportunity to
fully utilize and benefit from the investments in infrastructure
improvement completed in the recent past. The arrival of Qatar
will further boost and grow the Aviation industry and auxiliary
industries. It allows for improved connectivity between Botswana
and the Qatar many established routes. The spin-offs will
facilitate growth of the Botswana economy.”