Maputo — Qatar Airways has announced that it is increasing connections between Mozambique and Qatar by introducing, as from March, direct flights between Doha and Maputo.
According to a report in Monday's issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, the announcement was made at a ceremony where Qatar Airways distinguished the company Cotur Tours as its main agent in Mozambique.
The current twice weekly Qatar Airways flights between Maputo and Doha stop at Johannesburg in both directions. Cutting out the stop in Johannesburg will reduce travel time by two hours.
The decision reflects confidence that there is enough traffic between the two cities to make the route profitable, without stopping in Johannesburg to pick up more passengers. The new direct flight may also prove attractive to passengers who wish to travel on to other destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The Maputo-Doha route will use the most modern of large aircraft, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The director of Cotur, Noor Momade, told “Noticias” that the prize awarded to his company by Qatar Airways is of great importance since this is generally regarded as one of the best airlines in the world, and this is the first time it has awarded prizes since beginning operations in Maputo.
“This prize shows once again that we are on the right path, and that our clients are pleased with our work”, said Momade.