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Qatar Airways in talks with 3 UK airports - report

Birmingham and two other new destinations will bring the total UK cities served to five

Qatar Airways in talks with 3 UK airports - report
A Qatar Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner (AFP/Getty Images).

Qatar Airways is planning to start flights from Doha to the English city of Birmingham and is in talks with two other UK airports in a bid to bring the number of British destinations it serves to five, according to reports

“We can confirm we are planning to launch passenger flights to Birmingham, but are not yet in a position to announce a date nor schedules,” a Qatar Airways spokesperson was quoted as saying by the UK-based Travel Weekly trade magazine.

“As for the other two UK airports we are interested in, we cannot comment further on these as we are currently in the process of carrying out feasibility studies,” she added.

The Doha-based flag carrier currently operates 45 non-stop flights between Qatar and the UK, including five-times-a-day to London Heathrow and 10 flights a week to Manchester.

“The UK represents the largest single European market for Qatar Airways with the high level of frequencies we operate. Naturally, as part of our growth plans, we are considering opening up new UK gateways to offer customers more choice,” the spokesperson said.

The fast-growing carrier, which was named the best in the world this month at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running, currently operates a fleet of 109 aircraft to 116 destinations globally.

Since the beginning of the year, it has announced new routes to Kigali (Rwanda), Baku (Azerbaijan), Tbilisi (Georgia), Zagreb (Croatia), Erbil and Baghdad (Iraq), Perth (Australia), Yangon (Myanmar) and Belgrade (Serbia).

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procan 7 years ago



Once again we revisit this subject. Canada must be a rare and beautiful Gem to Middle East long haul carriers as they continue to beg ,plead, cajole,make promises of great financial benefit for us and our population . They have circumvented our federal authorities and pleaded there case to any one here in Canada who will listen to them. Now to a Micro air line (Porter Airways) located of the shores of Lake Ontario on a small island, serviced by a Ferry Boat the only aircraft operated is a Q400 turbo twin engine short hop commuter aircraft 70 seat er not much luggage on this baby ha ha .The story remains the same we are here only to help the poor inconvenienced travelling public from poor service. and bad food. Guys we are on the record,the behaviour of Foreign Airlines confirms our decisions were correct, with respect. Feel free to fly around us :)