Qatar Airways is to resume service to South Africa from this weekend.

The carrier will initially offer a total of 19 weekly flights to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, which it says is “more than any other international airline”.

Rival Gulf airline Emirates also resumed flights to the same three South African destinations at the start of this month.

The move follows the reopening of South Africa’s borders to international flights on October 1.

Emirates to resume flights to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg

Qatar Airways has been gradually rebuilding its network across the African continent, and now offers 63 weekly flights to 17 destinations including Accra, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Entebbe, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Maputo, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Tunis, Windhoek and Zanzibar.

The carrier recently passed the milestone of 90 destinations worldwide, including 27  in Asia-Pacific, 31 in Europe, 12 in the Middle East and nine in North America.

Commenting on the news Qatar Airways’ Group CEO Akbar Al Baker, said:

“We are delighted to resume flights to South Africa further expanding our network in the region. We know many passengers across the world and in South Africa have been eagerly awaiting the resumption of scheduled international flights and we look forward to helping reunite them with their families and loved ones.

“Qatar Airways has worked closely with the Government of South Africa throughout this crisis operating 28 special charter flights to help take over 11,500 South Africans and international travellers home.”