Qatar Airways announces expansion in Europe, Africa and South West Pacific

March 11, 2016
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The airline’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker announced a significant network expansion of 14 new destinations at a capacity-crowd press conference on the opening day of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair/FILE
The airline’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker announced a significant network expansion of 14 new destinations at a capacity-crowd press conference on the opening day of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair/FILE

, BERLIN, Germany, March 11 – Qatar Airways has announced a significant network expansion of 14 new destinations in Europe, Africa and in South West Pacific.

The airline’s Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker announced a significant network expansion of 14 new destinations at a capacity-crowd press conference on the opening day of ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair.

He stated that the new routes will expand the reach of the airline’s network, and will include the world’s longest flight, between Doha and Auckland, New Zealand.

“Qatar Airways prides itself on being a global connector, and most importantly, providing seamless and convenient connections for our customers, so that we remain their airline of choice,” he said.

“These new destinations are where our customers want to go, and where we see the most opportunity to provide a best-in-class experience at great value. We look forward to growing our network and welcoming new passengers to Qatar Airways.”

The Five new European destinations for Qatar Airways include the Italian city of Pisa, starting on 2 August with daily non-stop A320-family service from Doha and will be the fourth Italian destination for Qatar Airways, joining Venice, Rome and Milan.

The Service to Sarajevo (Bosnia) will start on 7 September, with three flights per week on A320-family aircraft.

Daily non-stop flights from Doha to Helsinki (Finland) will start on 10 October, offering new connections between oneworld hubs.

Three times weekly service between Doha and Skopje (Macedonia) in November. Both new cities will be served with A320-family aircraft.

Qatar Airways will return to Nice (France) by summer 2017, with five flights per week with wide-body aircraft.

Qatar Airways will begin services to six new destinations in Africa which include Marrakech (Morocco) in July, three times per week, from Doha on the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Four flights per week between Doha and Windhoek (Namibia) will begin on 28 September.

Daily scheduled service to the Seychelles will resume on 12 December.

In January, Qatar Airways will offer three flights per week from Doha to Douala (Cameroon) and Libreville (Gabon) utilising one aircraft. Non-stop service, three times weekly from Doha to Lusaka (Zambia) will begin by summer 2017.

New Qatar Airways destinations in South West Pacific / Southeast Asia will include daily service to Auckland – Qatar Airways’ first route to New Zealand, and what will be the world’s longest flight which will begin on 3 December.

The introduction of the new destinations comes two years after the opening of Qatar Airways’ hub, Hamad International Airport.

The airport serves more than 28 million passengers annually and is set to grow up to 50 million in 2018.
The addition of new routes has also consistently taken place in parallel with the growth plans of the Qatar Airways fleet.

Qatar Airways recently started service to Los Angeles, USA on 1 January, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE on 2 February and Sydney on 1 March.

The airline will begin service to Boston, USA from 16 March; Birmingham, UK on 30 March; Adelaide, Australia from 2 May; Yerevan, Armenia from 15 May and Atlanta, USA from 1 June.

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