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Qatar Airways becomes first Middle East airline with cargo hub in Africa

The Qatar Airways Group, which owns Qatar Airways Cargo, already owns a 49% stake in RwandAir, Rwanda's national carrier.
Qatar Airways Cargo

Qatar Airways Cargo has launched its first cargo hub in Africa in collaboration with RwandAir, Rwanda’s flagship carrier, in a bid to tap into the high aerospace growth projected for the continent.  

Gulf News reported Thursday that a Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 freighter landed at Kigali International Airport to officially open the new hub in the Rwandan capital. The aircraft will fly from Doha to Kigali twice a week, the report said.

Since March, the Middle Eastern cargo airline has been operating three times a week between Kigali and Lagos as well as running a weekly service between Istanbul to Kigali via Doha.

Qatar Airways Cargo already serves 28 African cities, providing freight services. 

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