Qatar Airways Expands African Network with New Route to Kinshasa, DRC

Qatar Airways Expands African Network with New Route to Kinshasa, DRC

The award-winning airline extends its frequency to Luanda, Angola to include the new route to Kinshasa, DRC

(IN SHORT) Qatar Airways has announced the expansion of its network to include Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a strategic move to enhance connectivity within Africa and beyond. Commencing from June 1, 2024, the airline will increase frequencies to Luanda, Angola, while introducing a new route to Kinshasa. The addition of Kinshasa brings Qatar Airways’ total destinations served in Africa to twenty-nine, further solidifying its commitment to the region. With a focus on providing passengers with greater travel options, Qatar Airways aims to facilitate seamless travel experiences between Africa, China, Europe, and the Indian Subcontinent via its hub in Doha, Qatar. The new route will be operated with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, offering world-class comfort with 22 Business Class seats and 232 Economy Class seats. Thierry Antinori, Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, expressed the airline’s dedication to enhancing connectivity in Africa and providing passengers with unparalleled travel experiences. The flight schedule, beginning with QR1491 and QR1489, ensures convenient travel times for passengers. Additionally, Qatar Airways Privilege Club members can enjoy various benefits, including earning Avios on flights, redeeming Avios for savings, and accessing exclusive offers across the airline’s services. The new flights are now available for booking on the Qatar Airways website, marking another milestone in the airline’s continuous expansion efforts.

(PRESS RELEASE) Doha, Qatar, 2024-Apr-9— /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways announces the latest expansion of its network to include Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), enabling greater frequencies and increased capacity to Luanda, Angola.

This latest network expansion  provides passengers with greater travel choices within a key region of Africa,  opening up a new entry point for international travel from Africa to China, Europe and the India Subcontinent using Doha, Qatar, as a gateway. The addition of Kinshasa increases the number of destinations in Africa served by the award-winning airline to twenty-nine.

Starting from the first of June 2024, Luanda will see a frequency increase from one weekly flight to four weekly flights with a combined service to Kinshasa which Qatar Airways will serve for the first time. For a world-class experience, the new route will be served by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, equipped with 22 Business Class seats and 232 Economy Class seats.

Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Thierry Antinori, said: “We have seen significant milestones in our 2024 network expansion and this latest addition is particularly special, as it continues our strategic goal of increasing our footprint in Africa.”

“The inclusion of Kinshasa in our network is the latest manifestation of our efforts to improve connectivity to Africa. Qatar Airways has showcased its commitment to the region by providing passengers in Africa with greater choice to explore different corners of the world through our network and our hub in Doha, Hamad International Airport.”

Flight Schedule:

(All local time)

Flight QRQ1491

Doha (DOH) to Kinshasa (FIH) – QR1491 departing Doha at 02:45 and arriving to Kinshasa at 08:10.
Kinshasa (FIH) to Luanda (LAD) – QR1491 departing Kinshasa at 09:40 and arriving to Luanda at 10:55.
Luanda (LAD) to Doha (DOH) – QR1491 departing Luanda at 12:25 and arriving to Doha 22:50.

Flight QRQ1489

Doha (DOH) to Luanda (LAD) – QR1489 departing Doha at 09:20 and arriving to Luanda at 15:40.
Luanda (LAD) to Kinshasa (FIH) – QR1489 departing Luanda at 17:10 and arriving to Kinshasa at 18:25.
Kinshasa (FIH) to Doha (DOH) – QR1489 departing Kinshasa at 19:55 and arriving to Doha at 05:45+1

Qatar Airways Privilege Club members will collect Avios on flights and can benefit from greater savings when paying for flights with a combination of cash and Avios, or Avios Max, when paying 100 per cent of the fare using Avios. Members can also spend Avios on shopping and dining at Qatar Duty Free, packages with Qatar Airways Holidays, experiences with Privilege Club Collection, cabin upgrades, and much more.

Qatar Airways’ new flights are available for booking on

About Qatar Airways

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways won the ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the tenth time at the 2023 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The airline continues to be synonymous with excellence, also taking home, Best Airline in the Middle East, World’s Best Business Class Lounge and World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining at the prestigious awards held during the 2023 Paris Air Show. Qatar Airways is an unprecedented seven-time winner of the “World’s Best Airline” voted by Skytrax (2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022). As leaders in industry innovation and digital adoption, Qatar Airways was recently voted the world’s best airline website by World Travel Tech Awards.

Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 170 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the ‘World’s Best Airport’ in 2021 and 2022 consecutively. This year, Hamad International Airport has been ranked by Skytrax as the second-best airport in the world, and received the ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ accolade for the ninth time in a row, as well as ‘World’s Best Airport Shopping’.

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Source: Qatar Airways