By Andy Sambidge
Airline CEO says services to Azerbaijan, Georgia postponed due to 'constraint on aircraft availability'
Qatar Airways said on Sunday it was having to delay the launch of flights to Azerbaijan and Georgia due to operational issues.
The carrier said the operations to the capital cities of Baku and Tbilisi which were due to start on November 30, will now begin on February 1 next year.
Qatar Airways said in a statment that the decision to postpone the launches came due to "constraints on aircraft availability" as the carrier continues to expand its network.
"With capacity increases planned on many routes, we face constraints on aircraft availability, therefore decided to revise these two route launch dates and move them to February," said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker
"We regret the inconvenience caused, but all steps are being taken to look after passengers already holding bookings," he added.
Passengers with tickets and confirmed bookings to and from both cities will be rebooked on alternative flights to their final destination, the airline said.
By 2013, the airline plans to serve more than 120 destinations worldwide with a fleet of over 120 aircraft.
By the end of 2011, Qatar Airways will add services to the Bulgarian capital Sofia from September 14; Norwegian capital Oslo beginning October 5; Entebbe in Uganda from November 2 and Chongqing in China from November 28.