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Qatar Airways announces major global network expansion

Doha-based airline says it will add 14 new destinations across Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific

Qatar Airways announces major global network expansion

Qatar Airways has announced a significant network expansion of 14 new destinations, spread across four continents.

The new routes will further expand the reach of the airline’s network, and will include the world’s longest flight, between Doha and Auckland, New Zealand, CEO Akbar Al Baker said in a statement.

Five new European destinations will be added alongside six in Africa and three in South West Pacific/Southeast Asia, the airline added.

Daily flights will begin to the Italian city of Pisa on August 2 while a service to Sarajevo (Bosnia) will start on September 7, with three flights per week, and daily non-stop flights to Helsinki (Finland) will start on October 10.

Three times weekly service between Doha and Skopje (Macedonia) will start in November while Qatar Airways will return to Nice (France) by summer 2017, with five flights per week.

Flights to Marrakech (Morocco) will begin in July, three times per week, and the carrier will operate four flights per week between Doha and Windhoek (Namibia) from September 28.

A daily scheduled service to the Seychelles will resume on December 12 while Qatar Airways will offer three flights per week to Douala (Cameroon) and Libreville (Gabon) from January and a three times weekly service to Lusaka (Zambia) will begin by summer 2017.

The daily service to Auckland – Qatar Airways’ first route to New Zealand – will begin on December 3 while four flights per week to Krabi (Thailand) will begin on December 6 and three flights per week to Chiang Mai (Thailand) will also launch in December.

Al Baker said: “Qatar Airways prides itself on being a global connector, and most importantly, providing seamless and convenient connections for our customers, so that we remain their airline of choice.

"These new destinations are where our customers want to go, and where we see the most opportunity to provide a best-in-class experience at great value. We look forward to growing our network and welcoming new passengers to Qatar Airways.”

The addition of new routes is taking place in parallel with the growth plans of the Qatar Airways fleet. On average the airline receives a new aircraft once every 10 days, and the average age of the fleet is less than four years.

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