Qatar Airways targets UAE for major flights push

Gulf carrier announces plans to launch 14 flights per week to Sharjah, Dubai's Al Maktoum in Q1 2014
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
Sun 27 Oct 2013 02:27 PM

Qatar Airways announced on Sunday the addition of Sharjah and Dubai World Central as its newest routes to the UAE with 14 flights per week to each destination. 

Beginning the March 1 2014, the airline will operate twice daily to Sharjah International Airport and twice daily to Dubai World Central - Al Maktoum International Airport from its hub in Doha, the carrier said in a statement.

“The ever increasing demand for flights to the UAE has provided the business case for expanding our services to Sharjah and Dubai World Central,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker. 

“The location of both airports will offer travellers alternative options to reach their final destination when flying to Dubai.”

Operating Airbus A320s on both routes, customers from Europe, Africa and the America’s will have increased availability of flights to the UAE, while passengers from Australia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent will have convenient connection times when transiting via Doha, he added.

Today Sharjah is the third largest of the seven states which form the UAE while passenger operations at Dubai World Central, the city's second international airport, officially launched on Sunday.

So far in 2013, Qatar Airways has launched ten destinations to date – Gassim (Saudi Arabia), Najaf (Iraq), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Chicago (USA), Salalah (Oman), Basra (Iraq), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Chengdu (China), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), and Ta’if (Saudi Arabia).

In addition to Dubai World Central and Sharjah, Qatar Airways' network will grow further over the next few months with Clark Manila International Airport, Philippines (October 27), Philadelphia, USA (April 2, 2014) and Miami, USA (June 10 2014).

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