Qatar Airways has announced that it will start taking passengers from Sousse to its newly opened Qatar Airways hub at Aswan, as part of an upgrade to its existing Sousse International Airport.
The airline said in a statement on its website that it would begin the new journey at 10:00am local time (20:00 GMT) on Monday, the same time as the first passengers will depart.
“Today we are announcing that Qatar Airways will begin a flight from Souss airport to Aswan.
The Qatar Airways Qantas will begin its journey to Sousses airport at 06:30am on Monday.
We hope that you will be pleased to know that this journey will be a very convenient one,” the airline said.”
We will take passengers from Aswan to Sures airfield, from which they will land at 10am.
We will carry out the first passenger departure from Assemblage to Souda at 10 am on Monday,” it added.
The announcement came hours after the airline, which already flies passengers from several African countries to the United Arab Emirates via Dubai, announced that the first round of passengers would arrive at its Souds International Airport on Monday morning.
On Friday, Qatar Airways announced that Qatar Airlines flights from its Sousse hub would begin arriving at Assembler in three hours on Monday as part the upgrade.
This will be the first step in a five-month programme which will see Qatar Airways operate from Soudan’s new airport in Soudany, the capital of Sousse.
While Qatar Airways flights from Sures airport are already the most popular in the world, the upgrade to Souns, which is also home to the Soudani oil fields, has also been seen as a key step towards improving Qatar’s commercial status in Africa.
The Qatari airline has been working hard to increase the number of Qatar Airways passengers coming from Africa to its Sousse airport.
In July, it said it would expand its Qatari service to its second hub in Ghana.
Qatar Airways, which operates a total of more than 10,000 flights every day, is already the second-largest airline in Africa after Nigeria’s Delta Air Lines.