Qatar Airways says to launch 15 new destinations in 2017-18

Canberra, Dublin, Las Vegas, Rio, Santiago and Saudi cities of Tabuk and Yanbu among new routes announced by carrier

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Qatar Airways on Monday announced eight more destinations for 2017-18, in addition to seven previously announced new cities for a total of 15 new gateways.

Joining the Qatar Airways’ route network, which spans more than 150 destinations on six continents, are: Canberra, the airline’s fifth destination in Australia; Dublin, Ireland; Las Vegas, the airline’s 11th destination in the United States; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Medan, Kualanamu International Airport, the airline’s third destination in Indonesia; and Tabuk and Yanbu, the 9th and 10th destinations in Saudi Arabia.

These newly-announced destinations join the already-announced list of new destinations to start in 2017 including Auckland, Sarajevo, Skopje, Libreville, Nice, Chiang Mai, and Douala, the airline said in a statement.

Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Our intention is to ensure our passengers can choose Qatar Airways for all of their travel needs – whether they are flying on business, for pleasure, or a combination of both.

“With today’s network announcement, we will be able to connect more people to more places than any other Gulf airline, and we will ensure our passengers will delight in the journey. At Qatar Airways, we are going places together with our passengers, and we look forward to welcoming these new destinations in 2017-18.”

Qatar Airways has opened 12 new destinations in 2016 year-to-date, with two more cities set to join the network in December.

The Doha carrier will begin service to Krabi, its third destination in Thailand, on December 6 and service returns to the Seychelles on December 12.

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