Qatar Airways upgrades Paris route to triple daily

Gulf carrier adds extra flights to France ahead of peak summer travel season

The Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Qatar Airways has stepped up frequency on the Paris to Doha route to triple daily flights ahead of the peak summer travel season.

The carrier said it has increased flights from 18 to 21 a week, adding that the move was another step in its continued expansion strategy to grow and enhance its international network.

The French capital is currently number three on the global top 20 destinations list for 2013, according to research from the Global Destination Cities index.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Our announcement today reflects the importance we pay to one of the world’s top destinations offering French travellers and those from around the world with greater travel options.

“We recognise that time savings are top of travellers’ minds when planning their journeys, which is why Qatar Airways is committed to always studying our route map and expanding to every corner of the globe, while at the same time adding frequencies on many of our existing routes.

"What better way to show our commitment to the French market with our announcement coming just days before France yet again hosts one of the world’s biggest air shows at Le Bourget near Paris.”

Flying to Paris since 2000, Qatar Airways operates an Airbus A340 aircraft on the Paris to Doha route.

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

Over the next few months, the network will expand with the addition of further destinations – Sulaymaniyah, Iraq (August 20), Chengdu, China (September 3), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (September 18), Clark International Airport, Philippines (October 28) and Philadelphia, USA (April 2 2014). 

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Posted by: Gilles06

These additional 3 weekly flights were only possible because of the closeure of the Nice-Doha flight via Milan due to Air Traffic Rights.

Qatar Airways was suppose to increase this flight in 2011 like it was planned when it opened in november 2010, and make it a daily nonstop flight, able to challenge Emirates, which now operate Nice-Dubai nonstop daily and in B777-300. Emirates has waited 14 years before having average Air Traffic Rights but has never stop it's flight from Nice, thats why it is so succesful today.

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