DOHA, Qatar - The Doha-based Qatar Airways is to increase the number of weekly flights on its routes to South Africa from July this year.
The airline has been expanding its non-Gulf routes following its isolation from GCC countries, which has seen it banned from operating in countries such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
Weekly flight frequencies to Johannesburg, South Africa's largest metropolis, will increase from 14 to 18 from July, rising to 19 in August.
A further two flights will be added to the airline's winter schedule, taking the total number of weekly frequencies to 21 by the end of October 2019.
In addition, three extra flights will be added to the Cape Town route, taking the total from seven to 10, from 27 October 2019.
"The latest additional services to both Johannesburg and Cape Town reflect the growing demand for travel to and from these popular South African destinations. As the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg has emerged as one of our key regional destinations for both leisure and business travelers alike since its introduction in 2005. Cape Town is another hugely popular regional destination," Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said Thursday.
"We are pleased to be increasing our frequencies to these fantastic cities, and once again confirm our commitment to providing Qatar Airways' passengers with an even greater choice of travel options to key global destinations."
Qatar Airways was named 'World's Best Business Class' by the 2018 World Airline Awards, managed by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named 'Best Business Class Seat', 'Best Airline in the Middle East', and 'World's Best First Class Airline Lounge'.
Qatar Airways currently operates a fleet of more than 230 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide.
Other destinations it has added since its isolation from the Gulf countries include Gothenburg, Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam. The airline says it plans a number of new destinations to its route network in 2019, including Malta.