Qatar Airways will launch a new B787-8 service to Durban tomorrow.

The Gulf airline will fly four-times weekly — on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays — to the city via Johannesburg.

Flight QR1365 will depart Doha at 0745, arrive in Johannesburg at 1520, before taking-off at 1620 and arriving in Durban at 1735. Return flight QR1366 will leave Durban at 1845 and land in Johannesburg at 2000, before departing at 2100 and arriving in Doha at 0620 the next day.

Also from tomorrow, Qatar Airways will up its QR1363/1364 and QR1365/1366 services between Doha and Johannesburg from ten-weekly to double-daily.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Qatar is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners in the Middle East and we are proud to strengthen this business relationship with the launch of our new route connecting Durban directly to Doha.

“With its excellent aviation infrastructure and the development of the Dube TradePort, we expect the number of business and employment opportunities in Durban to increase.”

Qatar Airways is offering its passengers free wifi access for up to 15 minutes from tomorrow (see news, December 15).

Subscribers can read a feature from the April 2015 issue of Business Traveller on Durban’s transformation into a better place for business.

Graham Smith