Lufthansa sees bumper growth in Qatar

German flag carrier reports more than 40 percent in passenger growth to/from Doha

Germany's flag carrier Lufthansa registered more than 40 percent growth in passenger traffic to and from Qatar in 2012 compared to 2011, said the airline officials.

“Qatar has developed as one of the fastest growing markets for premium travel in the GCC. Our growth numbers in first class are especially impressive and the volume has nearly doubled within a year. This is a clear sign that our strategy to invest in brand new first and business class products as well as the world’s only dedicated first class terminal is paying off,” said Carsten Schaeffer, Lufthansa vice president, sales and service for South East Europe, Middle East and Africa.

More than 70,000 passengers from Doha flew with Lufthansa to and from Germany and to onward destinations last year.

The company has started operating from Doha seven year ago and now there are daily services from Doha to Frankfurt.

Schaeffer stated that the airline is planning to buy 275 aircrafts over a period of 13 years. “We had planned to buy a total of 169 aircraft by 2018. The plan now is to acquire 275 aircraft at a cost of US$34.7bn,” Schaeffer said.

Related:
Companies
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
After all the hype, what's the future for Hyperloop One

After all the hype, what's the future for Hyperloop One

Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One may have struck a deal this month...

1
Focus: Gulf airlines face looming growth threat from 'protectionist' Trump government

Focus: Gulf airlines face looming growth threat from 'protectionist' Trump government

Election of Donald Trump, one-time owner of now-defunct East...

3
Smart move: Automated transport in the Gulf

Smart move: Automated transport in the Gulf

In a few short years how we get from A to B will be dramatically...

1
Most Discussed
sponsoredTracking