By Andy Sambidge
Gulf carrier says it will fly four times a week to Al Hofuf on May 15 while services to Madinah, Gassim upgraded
Qatar Airways said on Sunday it is adding Al Hofuf in Saudi Arabia to its network while also increasing the frequencies of two other cities in the Gulf kingdom.
Strong passenger demand has prompted the Doha-based airline to double its weekly flight frequency to Gassim, while flights to Madinah recently increased from five to seven per week.
The additional destination of Al Hofuf, through Al Ahsa Airport (HOF), will launch on May 15, with four weekly flights.
The announcements mean that Qatar Airways will now fly to seven destinations in Saudi Arabia and will operate 79 flights per week to the country.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “At Qatar Airways, we remain committed to opening up access to new destinations in the Middle East and around the world. As we continue to expand our network and receive more aircraft, we will keep looking at opportunities to add capacity to our existing network and further strengthen our links within the Gulf itself.”
Over the next few months, the network will grow further with Larnaca, Cyprus (April 29), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Turkey (May 22), Edinburgh, Scotland (May 28), Miami, US (June 1), Haneda, Japan (June 18) and Dallas/Fort Worth, US (July 1)
During the 2013 Dubai Air Show the airline placed orders for more than 60 new aircraft – a mixture of Boeing 777X and Airbus A330 Freighters. In total the airline has 300 aircraft on order worth more than $50 billion. The airline will move into its new hub and home, Hamad International Airport, from mid-2014.