Qatar Air set to add flights across global network

Gulf carrier announces frequency increases to likes of Belgrade, Dubai, Ankara, Moscow, Sofia
A Qatar Airways Airbus A320 takes off from Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. Qatar Airways operated on Monday the worlds first commercial flight using propellant derived from natural gas as the Gulf state seeks to exploit its status as the worlds largest producer of the fuel. Photographer: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 07 Sep 2013 11:24 AM

Qatar Airways has announced frequency increases to destinations in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Strong passenger demand and additional aircraft inducted to the fleet has prompted the Doha-based airline to add frequencies to its popular and growing routes.

Frequency increases are to be made during September and October to routes including Ankara (Turkey), Belgrade (Serbia), Bucharest (Romania), Dubai, Islamabad (Pakistan), Jakarta (Indonesia), Manama, Moscow (Russia), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Yangon (Myanmar).

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said that the increases will ensure that these popular routes grow from strength to strength.

“At Qatar Airways, we remain committed to opening up access to destinations that have great market potential. As we continue to expand our network and receive more aircraft, we will keep looking at opportunities to add capacity to our existing network and further strengthen our brand presence around the world,” said Al Baker.

Flights to the Gulf region will see another increase as services to Manama in Bahrain will rise by seven to a total of 49 flights each week.

Expansion highlights also include one additional weekly flight to key European routes Ankara, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia and flights to Moscow will grow from 10 to 12 weekly flights.

Yangon, which was re-launched last October with three flights a week, will be upgraded to a daily non-stop service.

Another popular far-eastern route Jakarta will see increase in capacity from 11 to 14 flights a week, resulting in double-daily flights to the Indonesian capital city.

Qatar Airways will also be strengthening its commitment to Pakistan; the recent frequency increases to Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar will be supplemented by Islamabad moving from four weekly services to a daily service.

Qatar Airways has so far launched seven destinations this year – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq) and Sulaymaniyah (Iraq). 

Over the next few weeks and months, the network will grow further with Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 27) and Philadelphia, US (April 2014).

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